Although this is not done much at all anymore (if at all), it is a procedure that was once used to reduce uncontrollably violent or emotional people. Technically this is a type of psychosurgery (surgery for psychological purpose that destroys brain tissue to change a person’s behavior) in which the nerves that connect the frontal lobes to the parts of the brain that control emotions are severed. Used in the 1930’s, the patient would be shocked into a coma then the surgeon would drive a big pick-like tool through the person’s eye socket and then move it around to cut the nerves. Nasty!

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