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Pushbutton Psychiatry: A History of Electroshock in America (Hardback)

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Hardback 168 Pages / Published: 30/03/2002
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This volume uncovers the roots of electroshock in America, an outgrowth of western patriarchal medicine with primarily female patients. 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. 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. Kneeland and Warren suggest that the choice of electroshock, made in an era when a number of other medical therapies were available, was connected to American enthusiasm for electricity and technology in the early 20th century. Temporary rejection of electroshock in the 1960s is explained as the outcome of both an internal crisis in psychiatric authority and the external political and social pressure on psychiatry created by the civil rights movement. Scholars and students considering the history of psychology, psychiatry, science, and medicine or the history of technology will find this volume helpful.

Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 9780275968151
Number of pages: 168
Weight: 390 g
Dimensions: 235 x 156 x 18 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"This is undoubtedly the first social history of ECT....Kneeland and Warren's masterful study shows not only how ECT-has moved through cycles of invention, acceptance, rejection, and re-acceptance, but also how cultures shapes and intertwines our bodies, minds, and machines."-Matteo Bortolini, Researcher in Sociology of Cultural and Communicative Processes, University of Padua, Italy.
..."there are vociferous pro and con factions in the psychiatric world. ECT, gender issues in medicine, and the patients' rights movements are all part of the controversial package ably explored in this book, which belongs in the libraries of all major research institutions. Graduate students through professionals."-Choice
?...there are vociferous pro and con factions in the psychiatric world. ECT, gender issues in medicine, and the patients' rights movements are all part of the controversial package ably explored in this book, which belongs in the libraries of all major research institutions. Graduate students through professionals.?-Choice
?This is undoubtedly the first social history of ECT....Kneeland and Warren's masterful study shows not only how ECT-has moved through cycles of invention, acceptance, rejection, and re-acceptance, but also how cultures shapes and intertwines our bodies, minds, and machines.?-Matteo Bortolini, Researcher in Sociology of Cultural and Communicative Processes, University of Padua, Italy.
.,."there are vociferous pro and con factions in the psychiatric world. ECT, gender issues in medicine, and the patients' rights movements are all part of the controversial package ably explored in this book, which belongs in the libraries of all major research institutions. Graduate students through professionals."-Choice

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