THE ELECTROSHOCK QUOTATIONARY: NEW, FREE, WEB-ACCESSIBLE BOOK EXPOSES TRAGIC
REALITY OF ELECTROSHOCK.
John Breeding | July 7, 2006
To download the book, go to http://www.endofshock.com/102C_ECT.PDF
Electroshock? They still do that? You bet they do, to more than 100,000
Americans every year! Since 1938, psychiatrists have subjected millions of
people throughout the world to electroshock (shock therapy,
electroconvulsive treatment, ECT), but the public knows little about this
The Electroshock Quotationary by shock survivor and editor Leonard Roy Frank
is an illustrated, 154-page collection of chronologically arranged
quotations, excerpts, and essays about the history and nature of
electroshock: who gets it and why, how it's administered, what the
experience is like, what its effects are, and how the struggle surrounding
its use is being played out within and beyond the psychiatric profession.
More than 400 entries dating from 47 A.D. to the present are included in
this highly readable and carefully researched expose of one of medicine's
most controversial procedures.
"ECT is one of God's gifts to mankind. There is nothing like it,
nothing equal to it in efficacy or safety in all of psychiatry." Max Fink, electroshock psychiatrist,
"The magnitude of the [electroshock] atrocity is too great to
communicate. That's why it's the perfect crime." Rich Winkel, electroshock survivor, 2005
Electroshock is a psychiatric procedure that induces a grand mal seizure, or
convulsion, by passing electricity through the brain. Two-thirds of those
who undergo ECT are women, half are elderly, and payment is usually covered
by insurance. Electroshock is a multi-billion-dollar-a-year industry.
Opponents charge that electroshock causes permanent brain damage, memory
loss, learning disability, and a significant number of deaths; is often used
as an instrument of social control; and is sometimes administered by means
of coercion or outright force and seldom with genuine informed consent.
Frank edited the best-selling Random House Webster's Quotationary in 1998
and The History of Shock Treatment in 1978. Active in the psychiatric
survivors movement since 1972, he is a member of MindFreedom International,
a coalition of more than 100 grassroots groups working for human rights in
psychiatry, and also The Coalition for the Abolition of Electroshock in
Texas, from whose website The Electroshock Quotationary may be downloaded
free of charge at http://www.endofshock.com/102C_ECT.PDF
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