Throughout the history of medicine there have been few surgical practices more barbaric, cruel, and yet sometimes surprisingly helpful than the lobotomy. Famous lobotomy patients range from children of politicians and English lords, to singers who were on their way to stardom before finding themselves waylaid by mental illness. The personality, memory, and IQ of lobotomy patients before and after surgery varies wildly, and doctors were not able to fully understand what was happening and why. These true stories about lobotomy patients are at times emotionally draining, but a few of them also reveal an unexpected beacon of light.

When you think about the worst things that happened to lobotomy patients, it‚Äôs hard to decide which nightmare scenario is worse. When it comes to reading true stories¬†about people that received a lobotomy, it’s a bit like playing a twisted game of “would you rather?”¬†So while you read this collection of stories about people who went under the knife to have their brains fiddled with, consider all the possible outcomes of this strange and dangerous surgery.