How .22-Caliber Slug Eliminates Man’s Mental Illness

A man diagnosed with mental illness and attempted to commit suicide shot himself in the head and failed. This led to a brain surgery that ended up recovering almost completely from mental illness.

1988 – A man named George in the doctors’ diaries, faced an obsessive-compulsive disease in the form of a phobia of bacteria and repeated handwashing.
Behavior was expressed in such a disturbing manner that led George to wash his hand’s dozens, sometimes hundreds of times, and in between also take some long showers, every day.
This, inevitably, led to premature dropout from his studies and then to dismissal from his place of work.
George’s mother shattered every hope she had said to him in these words:
“If your life is so miserable, just shoot yourself.”

George, who was only 19, could not bear the burden of coping, and decided, like a good boy, to listen to his mother and end his life.
He went down to the shelter, picked up a gun, and dropped a .22 caliber ball into the ceiling of his mouth. The bullet stopped in the left hemisphere of the brain.
In an analysis performed after the event, the bullet was removed from the front area of George’s brain, and its outcome was particularly surprising; The late Dr. Balentine, who later became president of the American Academy of Neurosurgery and a deputy of the American Society of Brain Surgeons, said: “The bullet movement cut off some of the areas that connect to the basic nuclei, and it was a rough imitation of the operation of the surgeons.”

George recovered from the operation, and after only three weeks, with a measured use of the pills, all symptoms of the disease were reduced to almost nonexistent.
After five years, George was completely rehabilitated, found work and returned to school.

*It should be noted and expanded in this matter to other patients. In the brain area affected by the frontal lobe, dozens of surgeries are performed every year in extreme cases of obsessive behavior, which usually improves the condition, but the results vary.

Sources:

https://www.nytimes.com
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=9050597

About Dr. Thomas Balentine:

https://www.societyns.org/society/bio.aspx?MemberID=661

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