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Welcome to the lobotomy.

Welcome to the lobotomy.

Psychiatric Asylum - Patient in Women’s Ward, Ohio 1946

Psychiatric Asylum - Patient in Women’s Ward, Ohio 1946

tranquilizer chair used in insane asylums

tranquilizer chair used in insane asylums

In 1920, Anna Anderson turned up at a mental hospital in Germany as a Jane Doe. She refused to reveal her identity at first, but two years later she began claiming to be the Grand Duchess Anastasia Romanov, who was rightly believed to have been executed with the rest of the Russian Royal family four years earlier. Anderson was the most well known woman claiming to be Anastasia, and she continued to uphold the claim until her death.

In 1920, Anna Anderson turned up at a mental hospital in Germany as a Jane Doe. She refused to reveal her identity at first, but two years later she began claiming to be the Grand Duchess Anastasia Romanov, who was rightly believed to have been executed with the rest of the Russian Royal family four years earlier. Anderson was the most well known woman claiming to be Anastasia, and she continued to uphold the claim until her death.

From a psychiatric hospital in St. Joe, Missouri. These items were taken from a patient's stomach.

From a psychiatric hospital in St. Joe, Missouri. These items were taken from a patient's stomach.

Mental Institution #8, East Louisiana State Mental Hospital, Jackson, Louisiana     1963

Mental Institution #8, East Louisiana State Mental Hospital, Jackson, Louisiana 1963

"Lobotomy is the insertion of a long, sharp knife into the brain to sever the brain in half.  Used to treat certain mental illnesses.  Here is a patient post-lobotomy."

"Lobotomy is the insertion of a long, sharp knife into the brain to sever the brain in half. Used to treat certain mental illnesses. Here is a patient post-lobotomy."

Walter Freeman, inventor of the lobotomy--Even after his medical license was revoked for killing a patient with his technique, he would travel the country in his “Lobotomobile” to service the needy and the isolated. He performed 3,439 lobotomies during his career, though the psychological and physical damage caused by his practice of psychiatry is unquantifiable

Walter Freeman, inventor of the lobotomy--Even after his medical license was revoked for killing a patient with his technique, he would travel the country in his “Lobotomobile” to service the needy and the isolated. He performed 3,439 lobotomies during his career, though the psychological and physical damage caused by his practice of psychiatry is unquantifiable

Rosemary Kennedy.  Received a lobotomy at age 23 for supposed mood swings and stormy personality. After the surgery Rosemary was reduced to an infantile mentality that left her incontinent and staring blankly at walls for hours. Her verbal skills were reduced to unintelligible babble. In 1949, Rosemary moved to an institution and was visited on regular occasions by her sister Eunice Kennedy Shriver.

Rosemary Kennedy. Received a lobotomy at age 23 for supposed mood swings and stormy personality. After the surgery Rosemary was reduced to an infantile mentality that left her incontinent and staring blankly at walls for hours. Her verbal skills were reduced to unintelligible babble. In 1949, Rosemary moved to an institution and was visited on regular occasions by her sister Eunice Kennedy Shriver.

An electrotherapeutic cage used in Steinhof mental hospital.

An electrotherapeutic cage used in Steinhof mental hospital.