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The History of Shock Treatment Paperback – June 1, 1978

ISBN-13: 978-0960137619 ISBN-10: 0960137610 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 206 pages
  • Publisher: Leonard Roy Frank; 1st edition (June 1978)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0960137610
  • ISBN-13: 978-0960137619
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 8.8 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,259,233 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By William Jordan on February 18, 2005
Leonard has conscientiously put together a vast collection of information of the history of shock treatment. It starts with precursors of shock treatment, including the now discarded insulin coma shock treatment and continues to when he wrote it.

Included are numerous copies of drawings, photos, quotes, advertisements, newspaper articles, extracts from books and magazines, first hand reports etc. in all a vast and comphrehensive range of primary sources.

He makes no secret of what he thinks of the "treatment" and when you read the book you will see why.

Fascinating reading, essential reading for anyone involved or

interested in shock treatment in any way.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 13, 2000
A must read from a real survivor. Facts, facts and more facts about a barbaric procedure compiled by a brave soul who got severely punished by this so-called "treatment" because he decided to become a vegetarian and a reader of good books as a young man. His parents were horrified and managed to get him committed to an institution.
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Leonard Roy Frank (born 1932) is a psychiatric "survivor" and activist in the patients' rights movement. In 1962, he was committed to a psychiatric hospital after being diagnosed as 'paranoid schizophrenic' and given 50 insulin coma treatments and 35 ECT treatments. Later, he was on the staff of "Madness Network News," a publication that was of great value in the early survivors' movement. In December 1973, he and Wade Hudson founded Network Against Psychiatric Assault (NAPA), a patients' and survivors' advocacy group.

He wrote in the Preface to this 1978 book, "Psychiatrists have written thousands of articles and books recording and purporting to explain the nature, techniques, and effects of shock treatment, and why and under what circumstances it is used. Most of these writings appear in professional journals and reflect a positive attitude toward the procedure. Someone reading them would get little sense of its seriously disabling effects and the horror and outrage experienced by many who have been shocked. Nor would it be apparent from these materials that there has emerged a small but growing number of professional and lay people who are highly critical of the procedure on moral, legal, and medical grounds.

"The major portion of 'The History of Shock Treatment' is comprised of [about 250] chronologically arranged selections, expressing these conflicting perspectives. The remainder of the book consists of four original articles, a survey of ECT-related deaths as reported in the literature, a roster of psychiatrists who presently employ shock treatment, a glossary of psychiatric terms, and an extensive bibliography.
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