Pushbutton Psychiatry: A History of Electroshock in America

Pushbutton Psychiatry: A History of Electroshock in America

Pushbutton Psychiatry: A History of Electroshock in America

Pushbutton Psychiatry: A History of Electroshock in America

Synopsis

The history of electroshock in the United States in three historic stages is chronicled as it alternated from an enthusiastic reception in 1940, to a period of crisis in the 1960s, to its resurgence after 1980. Early American experiments with electrical medicine are also examined, while the development of electroshock in America is considered through the lens of social, political, and economic factors, as is the revival of electroshock in recent decades.
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