Podcast Goodness: Lobotomies and Death Predicting Cats

Charles Bryant

show hit the mark. There's something about archaic forms of medicine and psychiatry that's extremely enthralling to me.
show hit the mark. There's something about archaic forms of medicine and psychiatry that's extremely enthralling to me.

Boy oh boy, SYSK Nation. You know who loved this week's podcasts? Me and the compass head, that's who. Sometimes topics come along that are just endlessly fascinating to us, and this week the lobotomy show hit the mark. There's something about archaic forms of medicine and psychiatry that's extremely enthralling to me.

If you haven't listened to the show yet, just let me tease you with a description of the transorbital lobotomy... Ice pick-like instruments were inserted through a patient's eye sockets and into their brain where they were wrenched back and forth blindly like a child in an arcade attempting to lower the claw into a bin of cheap stuffed animals. And it only took about ten minutes. "Soul surgery" as Dr. Walter Freeman put it. Freeman, with the help of his lobotmobile, performed about 10,000 of these "surgeries" before he was finished. Check out the show if you haven't, it's pretty fascinating stuff you should know (see what I did there?).

Moving on to animals and a supposed sixth sense. We determined that animals don't have an additional sense, but they have very honed skills that relate to their other senses in many cases. Some animals are said to predict everything from the weather to natural disasters like earthquakes and tsunamis. A nursing home cat is said to be able to predict death. There are also dogs that can recognize the onset of an epileptic seizure and warn the owner. That's some pretty groovy stuff there too, if you ask me.

Much thanks as always to Parallax Kodachrome for his timely and relevant artwork. Josh looks pleased with his lobotomy and strangely so do I. But it looks like I may be about to anoint him, so he's got that going for him.

Have a great weekend everybody -- let's hear from you below. Does anyone have any lobotomy or animal stories for us?

How Lobotomies Work Can animals predict death? Can animals predict the weather?