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Howard Dully

Howard Dully, August 2004, San Jose, California. Photo by Harvey Wang

Howard Dully was one of the youngest patients to receive an “ice pick” lobotomy.  Today, he is a tour bus driver living in California. 

In collaboration with Sound Portraits producers Piya Kochhar and Dave Isay, Dully embarked on a remarkable two year journey to uncover the hidden story behind the lobotomy he received as a 12-year-old child.  A warning: The next page contains graphic images.

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This piece is available in the following audio formats [22:00 min]:

Transorbital Lobotomy
Howard Dully
"My Lobotomy"


Learn about Howard Dully's memoir, published in 2007 by Random House

Howard's memoir on Amazon.com

An interactive lobotomy timeline

FAQ about lobotomies

A childhood photo of Howard Dully

A photo of Howard's step-mother, Lou

More information about the "ice pick" lobotomy

Audio extras from "My Lobotomy"

Oral histories from patients and witnesses

Photographs from Howard's journey

Producers' Notes

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