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ICE-PICK LOBOTOMIES WERE A GREAT MEDICAL OPTION

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Psychiatrist Walter Freeman thought he came across a life-changing medical procedure when he did his first "ice-pick" lobotomy in 1946. "Ice-pick" wasn't just some cute name for the lobotomy. He used a metal rod just like an ice pick and jammed it through your eye socket into your brain—while you were still awake. Freeman figured that depression or mood problems were caused by too much emotion, so he wanted to cut the emotional connection in the brain … literally. People did tend to be much calmer or changed after the procedure, though some were left paralyzed or mentally disabled.

Freeman crossed the country, performing lobotomies publicly like a traveling freak show, sometimes doing two people at a time, an ice pick in each hand. The treatment caught on because there were so few resources available for the mentally ill at the time. Hearing of this new way to calm unruly people, Howard Dully's step mother brought him in to see Dr. Freeman. The step mother claimed the child had a variety of mood and behavior problems, but in truth, Dully was just an average kid. The step mother hated him and wanted to do anything to make the child as sedate as possible. So Freeman agreed to perform the lobotomy. Dully was only 12 years old, and they didn't bother to tell the father that his son would be getting the ice pick special.

But operating on a 12-year-old without full parental consent wasn't what brought Freeman down. In 1967, he performed a lobotomy on a housewife who later died of a brain hemorrhage. Finally, people figured out that shoving a knife in your brain may not be an advanced medical technique.

Read More: https://www.grunge.com/48616/bizarre-things-people-believed-50-years-ago/sl/ice-pick-lobotomies-were-a-great-medical-option?utm_campaign=clip

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SOME DOCTORS THOUGHT SMOKING CIGARETTES WAS THE BEST WAY TO RELIEVE PREGNANCY CONSTIPATION

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Pregnancy can often cause bad constipation. Nowadays, you have to eat healthy or possibly take a fiber supplement to relieve the discomfort, but 50 years ago, doctors had a very different solution: cigarettes. Doctors routinely advised pregnant women to smoke cigarettes to thwart constipation. Alan F Guttmacher, vice president of Planned Parenthood and women's issues "expert," wrote this very advice in his book Pregnancy and Birth. He also said, "There is no logical reason to prohibit the moderate use of alcohol during pregnancy to the patient who enjoys and tolerates it." So, drink up, Mom!

The biggest thing Guttmacher needed moms to avoid was weight gain. He suggested they only gain 20 pounds total, and if they were starting to get heavy, they should "try skipping lunch and substitute skimmed milk with a few unsalted crackers." You've got to keep that hot pregnant bod and birth a svelte little baby, which is another reason to keep up your smoking habits before your baby bump gets out of control.

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FEEDING A BABY AT NIGHT "SOWED THE SEEDS OF SOCIALISM"

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After feeding your baby cigarettes and booze in utero, what should you give your child after birth to make them a good, healthy American? Dr. Walter W. Sackett Jr. had some very clear ideas of how to care for a child so they wouldn't grow up a communist. It was vital for parents to give their children a strict schedule, even as newborns. He felt that breastmilk or formula weren't enough, so babies should start eating cereal at two days old. By 10 days old, they could have strained vegetables, and at the ripe old age of nine weeks, a baby should chow down on bacon and eggs or whatever else the family would normally eat. Sackett wasn't completely crazy—he did recommend waiting until a baby was six months old before you give them black coffee. But you definitely have to give them coffee so that they properly adjust to "the normal eating habits of the family."

Keeping the baby on the family's regular schedule applied to all aspects of parenting. Does your baby cry at night? Don't think about coddling it. Sackett insisted that a baby can't learn that it'll get everything it wants in an instant. He equated soothing a crying baby to "sowing the seeds of socialism." That one extra lullaby in the middle of the night could turn your kid into a commie nightmare

Read More: https://www.grunge.com/48616/bizarre-things-people-believed-50-years-ago/sl/feeding-a-baby-at-night-sowed-the-seeds-of-socialism?utm_campaign=clip

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