Electroconvulsive Therapy in America: The Anatomy of a Medical Controversy

Author:   Jonathan Sadowsky (Case Western University, USA)
Publisher:   Taylor & Francis Ltd
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9780367264062


Pages:   172
Publication Date:   22 March 2019
Format:   Paperback
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Electroconvulsive Therapy is widely demonized or idealized. Some detractors consider its very use to be a human rights violation, while some promoters depict it as a miracle, the penicillin of psychiatry. This book traces the American history of one of the most controversial procedures in medicine, and seeks to provide an explanation of why ECT has been so controversial, juxtaposing evidence from clinical science, personal memoir, and popular culture. Contextualizing the controversies about ECT, instead of simply engaging in them, makes the history of ECT more richly revealing of wider changes in culture and medicine. It shows that the application of electricity to the brain to treat illness is not only a physiological event, but also one embedded in culturally patterned beliefs about the human body, the meaning of sickness, and medical authority.

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Author:   Jonathan Sadowsky (Case Western University, USA)
Publisher:   Taylor & Francis Ltd
Imprint:   Routledge
Weight:   0.340kg
ISBN:  

9780367264062


ISBN 10:   0367264064
Pages:   172
Publication Date:   22 March 2019
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Postgraduate, Research & Scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
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Jonathan Sadowsky is the Theodore J. Castele Professor of Medical History at Case Western Reserve University.

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