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Download PDF by Jonathan Sadowsky: Electroconvulsive Therapy in America: The Anatomy of a

By Jonathan Sadowsky

ISBN-10: 113869696X

ISBN-13: 9781138696969

Electroconvulsive remedy is largely demonized or idealized. a few detractors reflect on its very use to be a human rights violation, whereas a few promoters depict it as a miracle, the "penicillin of psychiatry." This booklet strains the yankee historical past of 1 of the main debatable strategies in drugs, and seeks to supply an evidence of why ECT has been so debatable, juxtaposing facts from scientific technological know-how, own memoir, and pop culture. Contextualizing the controversies approximately ECT, rather than easily carrying out them, makes the heritage of ECT extra richly revealing of wider adjustments in tradition and medication. It indicates that the appliance of electrical energy to the mind to regard disease isn't just a physiological occasion, but in addition one embedded in culturally patterned ideals in regards to the human physique, the which means of ailment, and clinical authority.

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