Ep 87: It Was A Brilliant Cure, But We Lost the Patient: Asylums Part 2

You may have noticed the irony that can be attached to the phrase, ‘what do we have to lose?’ So often things can go horribly wrong just after someone asks that fateful, seemingly rhetorical question. That’s sort of what happened once people decided to stop just confining people with mental illness, and started trying to ‘cure’ them. Join us this week as we explore medical treatments for mental illness from shock therapy to lobotomy; and meet those whose voices sounded alarm from Kesey to Kennedy.


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A History of the Ice Pick Lobotomy – Motherboard

One Doctor’s Legacy – WSJ

Prefrontal Lobotomy The Surgical Relief of Mental Pain Walter Freeman and James W. Watts

The forgotten Kennedy

The exiled Kennedy – The Independent

How ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’ changed psychiatry – Telegraph

Shock and Disbelief – The Atlantic

Lobotomy’s Back – Discover

Jailing People with Mental Illness – NAMI

JFK – Special Message to the Congress on Mental Illness and Mental Retardation.

We Need Better Funding for Mental Health Services NYT

Kennedy’s vision for mental health never realized – USA Today

Creative Malady

Rorschach Tests – History

History of the Rorschach’s test-

‘Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter,’ by Kate Clifford Larson – NYT

The exiled Kennedy – The Independent

The Forgotten Kennedy – The Guardian

The sad and dreadful life of Rosemary Kennedy – Irish Central

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – Ken Kesey

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