PUSHBUTTON PSYCHIATRY: A CULTURAL HISTORY OF ELECTRIC SHOCK THERAPY IN AMERICA, UPDATED PAPERBACK EDITION

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Left Coast Press, Mar 15, 2012 - Psychology - 164 pages
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This volume uncovers the roots of electroshock in America, an outgrowth of western patriarchal medicine with primarily female patients. The authors trace the history of electroshock in the United States in three historic stages: 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. The revival of electroshock in recent decades is found to be a product of growing materialism in American psychiatry and the political and economic realities of managed medical care. The new material in the Updated Paperback Edition describes the resurgence of electroshock in the private psychiatric sector as a treatment of choice for depression.
 

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Contents

The Electrotherapeutic Origins of Pushbutton Psychiatry
1
The Electroconvulsive Century
41
Into the TwentyFirst Century
103
Bibliography
107
Index
131
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Timothy W. Kneeland is an Assistant Professor of History and Political Science at Nazareth College in Rochester, New York.Carol A.B. Wareen is an emerita Professor of Sociology at the University of Kansas.

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