The Trouble with Turnips Part Two

  The VA Hospital in the Lobotomy Era There was at least one sane patient on that ward, but I didn’t know it until a few days before we rotated out.  Jim Engle* was one of seven people on my list , a human bridge that linked two chairs at the rear of the ward.  … Continue reading The Trouble with Turnips Part Two

The Trouble with Turnips

When the VA Hospital in Northampton was a lobotomy mill  The photo of the young man  clipped to his first file at the VA was taken when he was 22 years old.  Matthew* stared at the camera with a defiant air.  He was an Army PFC.  It is the spring of 1952 and he is stationed at Camp … Continue reading The Trouble with Turnips