White Matter by Janet Sternburg
White Matter: A Memoir of Family and Medicine is the heart-rending and engrossing story of a close-knit Jewish family of five sisters who had to make some devastating medical decisions in order to keep their family together. The consequences of their choices were unprecedented: two lobotomies in one family. The daughter, essayist and editor Janet Sternburg, was determined to explore how her mother and aunts could have decided this fate for siblings. Were her aunts really the good, kind people she had always thought them to be? And how does a history of mental illness affect her and the next generation?