Eva Perón’s Lobotomy

I read this morning that… “Dr. James L. Poppen, a neurosurgeon at the Lahey Clinic in Boston and an international expert on the use of lobotomy for intractable pain, had been summoned to operate on Eva Perón in the summer of 1952.”  Evita died a few months later at the age of 33.

     The nature of Perón’s illness was initially shrouded in silence. Her doctors diagnosed advanced cervical cancer in August 1951, but as was common at the time, the patient was told only that she had a uterine problem.  

…”a uterine problem”

As the orchestra begins to gently play “Don’t cry for me I’m a metaphor” the audience is treated to multiple screens displaying images of every-day life.  Stove-Top Stuffing and Jimmy Dean sausages and half the population living at or below the poverty line, what ever that is.  Moe, Larry, Mitt and Newt and so many things I have to remember to ask my doctor about, and if I should be on, and if I would “benefit from”.  So little time with Christmas almost here and the Solstice upon us and all the problems in the world.

…”a uterine problem”

“Postmortem X-rays of Perón’s skull showed indentations in the areas where lobotomies were usually performed.”

     In keeping with the holiday spirit it is my hope that, when our time arrives, the same can be said for us all….. Metaphorically.

Breathe deep the gathering gloom,
Watch lights fade from every room.
Bedsitter people look back and lament,
Another day’s useless energy spent.
Impassioned lovers wrestle as one,
Lonely man cries for love and has none.
New mother picks up and suckles her son,
Senior citizens wish they were young.
Cold hearted orb that rules the night,
Removes the colors from our sight.
Red is grey and yellow white.
But we decide which is right.
And which is an illusion?

(Late Lament)

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One response to “Eva Perón’s Lobotomy

  1. Moody Blues!

    Here’s a nice holiday tune for you.

    Wishing you the best illusion possible!

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