Geoffrey Reaume’s rebuttal of pro-lobotomy comment

New comment on your post #108 “Geoff Reaume speaks out against lobotomy billboard”
Author : Geoffrey Reaume (IP: ,
Yes, yes, yes, yes. This disgusting billboard is repulsive. I saw it while listening to people laugh at the sign and thinking it was one big joke. One of the people laughing had just made some disparaging comments about “mental cases” or words to that effect at CAMH, after which I and another person said, we are psychiatric survivors and are part of the community like anyone else. If you think this billboard has to do with empathy, then maybe you should have heard the laughter of the people who read it in the ten minutes I was standing there and the contempt they had for the people about whom it focused. “Oh isn’t that funny! Lobotomy! Ha, ha, ha!” Some empathy… If the creators were interested in empathy why did they name their address after the man who created lobotomy – Egaz Moniz – that would be like making a “joke” about naming a building for a women’s shelter after a man who was known to be a violent abuser. Moniz showed no empathy to his “patients” and neither did the people
who used his name like this. If you think it has to do with empathy, why make “fun” out of Rosemary Kennedy by linking her name to Moniz and lobotomy? Her life was devastated by this barbaric treatment and making a “joke” out of what happened to her is grotesque in the extreme. Since there wasn’t enough space in the letter (in the forlorn hope of getting it published), I also didn’t mention that I called the phone number on the billboard and it was a sarcastic message by a man saying if you are depressed, have emotional troubles, etc., etc., have we got a treatment for you – lobotomy…. Where is the empathy in this? It is making derisive and insulting reference to people who experience suffering today by making a “joke” out of the suffering of lobotomy victims from the past – like Rosemary Kennedy. It is insulting and totally devoid of empathy. No, no, no, no. It wasn’t about empathy at all. This billboard is about insult and emotional cruelty. And yes, I know about chemical lobotomy and drug induced devastation, both personally and among a lot of my friends and acquaintances. How on earth does this billboard express empathy for them? By advising them to get a lobotomy? If this is “empathy” God help us all.

It is also absurd to claim this billboard has brought lobotomy out “into the open”. Lobotomy is out in the open, it has been for decades – people know about in popular culture, thanks largely to “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” and even before then it was publicly talked about so what are you talking about when you say this billboard brings it out in the open? People knew what it was when they saw this billboard the night I saw it and laughed at it when I was standing there. There was zero empathy shown by them. If the creators of this billboard wanted to show empathy they would have created a billboard that clearly states what lobotomy has done to people and the devastation it has caused rather than advertising where to get it. Am empathetic sign would say something like “Remember Lobotomy victims at 999”. Fortunately, this crap was taken down by the Wednesay night after Nuit Blanche…. You say “If I were a lobotomy victim I would be happy to se that billboard go up.” You are not
a lobotomy victim by your own admission as you have not had a prefrontal lobotomy and so you cannot honestly state this with any certainty whatsoever. It is your opinion as a person who has never had a prefrontal lobotomy. The woman I wrote about was crying when she told me how lobotomy devastated her life. I can’t see how someone like her would be “happy” to see a sign adverstising a “quick lobotomy” when her experience of it was entirely horrific.

Geoffrey Reaume


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  1. hymes on

    Bumper Stickers saying “Lobotomies for Republicans” have become popular in the U.S. I cringe every time I see one. I wish people had a clue what they are doing to other people when they make light of these things. Would they say “eugenics for Republicans”?

  2. Terry Parker Jr. on

    More disturbing, is the imposition of lobotomy upon defenceless children. Most insane that we have a medical profession imposing
    lobotomy upon children who suffer epilepsy, when historical research of lobotomy upon psychiatric patients demonstrate adverse effects of “seizures and cerebral hemorrahaging”. What parent would consent to such butchery, when the risks outweigh any benefit as to address epileptic seizures disorder? Lobotomy is nothing more than torture and serious inhumane treatment. As a
    unwitting subject of a covert left and right temporal lobectomy by Dr. Harold Joseph Hoffman of the Toronto Hospital for Sick Children, Dec. 9,1969 & Jan. 27,1972, at 14 & 16 years of age, life has been a bitch with further seizure disorder and continual episodes of cerebral hemmorrahaging in the operative field. Medical child abuse such as psychiatric abuse is subject to major damage control and concelament, while I have a HSC patient advocate informing me of a “on-going problem”.
    Terry Parker Jr./Robertson

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