In 1938, Ugo Cerletti, the Italian psychiatrist, came up with the idea for treating human beings with electroshock therapy. Cerletti was observing the barbaric act of slaughterhouse pigs being electrocuted into unconsciousness to make it less difficult for workers to slit their throats and thought that it could be applied to the treatment of mental illnesses in human beings.
It’s not too pleasant of an image to think about while you’re laying on a gurney about to go into the operating room for your first treatment. The concept of having electricity pass through your brain is daunting enough to frighten even the most educated of people. The reputation of electroshock - - also referred to as electroconvulsive therapy or ECT by proponents - - has suffered. Not more than a year after Cerletti got his brilliant idea, the New York State Psychiatric Institute introduced ECT into the United States. For the next thirty years, hundred of thousands of patients of all ages, received electroshock treatments for every type of “disorder” including depression, mania, schizophrenia and even homosexuality and truancy.
As barbaric as this treatment sounds, it goes without saying, "You Don't Know What You Don't Know." Having said that, what is it that we believe to be true today, that will one day go the way of...
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... Blood Letting
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