I am a war correspondent for The Wall Street Journal who wrote a series on the U.S. government's use of lobotomies on veterans.
Last week, The Wall Street Journal published a series of my articles on the Veterans Administration’s use of lobotomies to treat some 2,000 mentally ill veterans during and after World War II. The stories were largely based on a cache of musty documents found in the National Archives – documents the government didn’t know it had about medical treatment it didn’t remember having administered.
For the past 12 years I’ve been in and out of Afghanistan (and Iraq), covering U.S. troops in the field and trying to tell stories of people at war. Back home, I write about the after-effects that war has on veterans and their families.
I am the author of The Gift of Valor, about the life and death of Marine Corporal Jason Dunham, Medal of Honor recipient.
UPDATE: I've got to get back to my day job, I'm afraid. Thanks everyone for tuning in. I've really enjoyed your questions and hope I haven't missed any of them. The VA lobotomy stories are free to all on the wsj.com website. Enjoy may not be the right word. But I hope you find the history of the VA's WWII lobotomy program as fascinating as I do.
Michael M. Phillips The Wall Street Journal