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By Jonathan Sadowsky

Electroconvulsive treatment is generally demonized or idealized. a few detractors think about its very use to be a human rights violation, whereas a few promoters depict it as a miracle, the "penicillin of psychiatry." This publication lines the yank background of 1 of the main arguable tactics in drugs, and seeks to supply a proof of why ECT has been so debatable, juxtaposing proof from medical technology, own memoir, and pop culture. Contextualizing the controversies approximately ECT, rather than easily undertaking them, makes the background of ECT extra richly revealing of wider alterations in tradition and medication. It indicates that the applying of electrical energy to the mind to regard disorder isn't just a physiological occasion, but in addition one embedded in culturally patterned ideals concerning the human physique, the which means of disorder, and scientific authority.

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