Hysteria 51

Hysteria 51 is a weekly podcast that takes an every-man approach to the World of the Weird - UFOs, Aliens, Mysteries, Conspiracies, the Paranormal, the Unusual, and the Unexplained. Hosts Brent Hand, David Flora, and Conspiracy Bot (a cranky robot bent on world domination who also happens to be the show’s head researcher) examine a different topic each week and generally come to one conclusion…the truth is out there, but you won’t find it here.



episode 304: Lobotomy & Other Fun Time Activities | 304

Gather round ladies and gentlemen, do we have a deal for you. Your kid having trouble sleeping? Wife nagging you? Secretary too melancholy? Try to the Lobotomy procedure and fix them right up! Sounds crazy but a vehicle called the Lobotomy-Mobile used to travel the country to shove an icepick in people eye sockets to scrape out some brain and it was touted as a miracle cure. And this is just one of several horrifying old-timey treatments that were inflicted on people. This week we explore some of the more jaw-dropping examples throughout history. And, we see if they are still practiced today (spoiler: many, many are). So dust off your ear nails and find all your leashes, it’s  Lobotomy & Other Fun Time Activities this week on Hysteria 51.

Special thanks to this week’s sources:

This is Why Lobotomy is the Worst Surgery in History - https://youtu.be/4WrMfY2Mj2Y

Medical Xpress - https://medicalxpress.com/news/2022-05-doctors-vibrators-women.html
L.A. Times - https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-1993-09-16-we-35675-story.html#:~:text=or%20Log%20In-,Medical%20Science%20Opens%20Up%20a%20Can%20of%20Worms%20With%20Leech,or%20other%20extremities%20surgically%20reattached.&text=One%20of%20the%20Southland's%20newest,when%20applied%20to%20a%20patient.
Mayo Clinic - https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/c-difficile/symptoms-causes/syc-20351691#:~:text=Clostridioides%20difficile%20(klos%2DTRID%2D,difficile%20or%20C.Mayo Clinic - https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/syphilis/symptoms-causes/syc-20351756#:~:text=This%20rash%20is%20usually%20not,as%20long%20as%20a%20year.
Lithotomy - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lithotomy#Technique
Britannica - https://www.britannica.com/science/lobotomy
Midnight Pulp - https://blog.midnightpulp.com/man-travelled-us-loboto-mobile-preforming-ice-pick-lobotomies/
South Australian Medical Heritage Society Inc - https://www.samhs.org.au/Virtual%20Museum/Surgery/Leucotomy/Leucotomy.html
Neolithic - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neolithic
MDLinx - https://www.mdlinx.com/article/-barbaric-medical-practices-still-used-today/lfc-3762
The Conversation - https://theconversation.com/five-bloodcurdling-medical-procedures-that-are-no-longer-performed-thankfully-75818
The Free Medical Dictionary - https://medical-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/maneuvers#:~:text=noun%20Any%20form%20of%20management,evoke%20a%20result%20or%20outcome.&text=noun%20A%20procedure%20or%20series,movements%20with%20caution%20and%20skill.

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