One of the unexpected events that followed the release of this book was the anger and outrage it spawned. I received a large volume of hate mail, filled with threats and animosity, from psychotherapists. Rather than disagreement or discourse, these mental health professionals were protective of their favored theories and outraged that anyone should disagree with their belief systems. This level of bias is unfortunately common enough that it is one of the primary reasons people do not receive objective diagnoses and effective treatments. By the way, since 1987 it seems that the number of abductions has declined significantly.
I realize your post is from the beginning of november, but hubby and I just came back from a week in Puerto Vallarta and to let you know dont eat or drink the water anywhere but your resort and only then if it is purified, use only bottled water and make sure your food is piping hot when served!!! We came back on the 13th and I have been sick since the 14th (its now the 22nd) I am currently taking two antibiotics and pain meds for an as yet undetermined illness (doc thinks its probably a parasite from eating or using the bathroom in downtown .). I will tell you that we had a great time and relaxed a lot but I wont be going back anytime soon!! Good Luck and enjoy.
I’m disturbed by unanimous condemnation of prefrontal lobotomy. I don’t think it’s fair. I’d guess that nearly everyone who has written in has never dealt with wildly psychotic manic or delirious persons. In the days that psychosurgery was performed there were no effective alternative treatments, no means of controlling dangerous injurious behaviors except restraints and torture such as immersion and these worked only temporarily and required prolonged hospital confinement. Many lobotomized persons were able to be discharged home. “Desperate Cures” is an apt description and Moniz and Freeman were not Joseph Mengeles. Freeman was certainly guilty of self aggrandizement and performing his procedures sloppily and too widely. The American media helped to popularize a procedure that reduced most to a state of docility and inertia. Lobotomies may have had limited efficacy at one time but are now simply outmoded. Medicine marches on.