Thanks to my love of all things in psychology’s history I found myself equating my root canal this morning with a lobotomy. Now for those that don’t know what a lobotomy is I can explain so that why I compared the two will become a little more obvious.
A lobotomy is a procedure made popular by Dr. Walter Freeman in the early half of the twentieth century. The purpose of the lobotomy was to separate the connections of the frontal lobe from the rest of the brain thereby numbing the patients psychotic impulses and making their emotions more manageable. This was toted as the fix-all psychological treatment just as shock treatment and psychoalaysis would also become.
But back to the point - the root canal is a form of dental lobotamy in that the root is removed and the tooth is then numb to the pains of the everyday world as the nerve is no longer there to cause the pain and trauma that it once did. Like a lobotomy, a root canal severs the connections that are causing trouble, leaving one empty but not dead. It takes out the heart (or personality if you will) of the the tooth.
I admit that it seems like an odd thought to have in the middle of having dental work but if you’ve ever had a root canal you can agree. There is that moment of exquisite pain when it seems as if there is nothing in the world that could hurt more than in that second. But one second later that pain is gone and there is nothing. It takes a minute for you to realize that the pain has escaped and now there is simply nothing. Nothing at all to cause you pain or harm. After that the procedure takes some more time but there isn’t any more pain.
I can imagine a lobotomy feeling similar though in emotions. The thoughts that were troubling, the actions that you couldn’t seem to place a thought to are so painful and so hopelessly steeped into your brain. Then you have a doctor drill into your mind and those thoughts are severed forever. Leaving you a zombie.
In that sense I now have a zombie tooth. Let’s hope I don’t start lusting for brains any time soon.
George Takei describes the moment when he and his family were sent to an internment camp.
oh my god
i was literally just talking about this piece of american history and how downplayed it is. like where are the movies about this shit? where are the teachers explaining how this happened in america?
its crazy man.
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