When I got the book, Violence and the Brain and started skimming it and looking at the pictures, I felt a little traumatized at first. It was written in 1970 and one of the main authors Vernon K. Mark is / was a neurosurgeon at Mass General. The book discusses the brain and origins of violence. I found it on line and I bought it originally because of the photographs of psycho surgery and the xray of a skull after stereotastic surgery. So the book came in the mail today and it was sickening to me to see the photographs of the surgery. It made me feel very sad because even if it wasn't a lobotomy or psychosurgery, my mother underwent something like that. The book however, made me think that she did undergo psychosurgery. The pictures in the book must depict something like the operating room where my mother had her surgery. I decided I wanted to see if I could find out if the book was still copy written so I can use the photographs and maybe some of the text. As I started doing copyright look up, I found out it that it's not really that easy to find out if a book before 1977 has a renewed copyright and what I found said to assume it has a 96 year copyright protection. So then I thought what if I looked up this doctor? I have contacted other researchers for my work, experts to consult about a study or related topic. So I started looking up Dr. Vernon H. Mark. And, he I found a page indicating he was still a neurosurgeon at Mass General. There was no reason for it but I felt like I'd found a ghost. No. I felt like he was the one who did the surgery. He wasn't I'm sure—or probably wouldn't have been the one. Boston was an hour from Mass General. But, what if? If I talked to him, he could tell me the likelihood or if those surgeries were conducted at hospitals like St. Lukes? Then for a moment it seemed weird that they would do a surgery like that at that small hospital. So, then that led me to think maybe it was an emergency surgery for a stroke or something else. What else would they do brain surgery for?
I believe she was in the hospital six weeks. I don't know for sure but the story my mother told –her retelling of the events around the brain surgery included being in a coma for six weeks after undergoing brain surgery. She did undergo brain surgery. I don't know if he had been in a coma. I felt like if I had been able to talk with him, some big door would swing open.
But then a Google search pulled up his obituary.
Of course I can't talk to him. He's dead.
Ok. So the next thing is to look at historical newspapers and maybe do some searches for his name and St. Lukes' Hospital. I'll still try and figure out copy write stuff and post some of the pictures from his surgeries. I don't know if it's just me, but I really don't like the way he looks in the picture. Terrible to say, but something about him, I don't know. I'm always amazed too at the accolades these kinds of doctors get into their old age and after their death. It's interesting that they say "neurosurgeon" with no mention of the psychosurgery he pioneered. How many did he conduct and for what reason? There is a woman in his book that I started to read something about on line. He treated her for violent behavior during epileptic seizures and basically, he caused her harm. Anyway, I have to read the book and do the searches.