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Doctors of Deception: What They Don't Want You to Know about Shock Treatment

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Doctors of Deception: What They Don't Want You to Know about Shock Treatment by Linda Andre

Shock treatment. They say it's safe now; new and improved. They say it can't damage your brain or cause permanent memory loss.

But who are they and why should you believe them? Doctors of Deception is the first history of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), or shock treatment, to consider the controversial procedure in a social, legal, financial, medical, and moral context. Through the investigation of court records, medical research, FDA archives, and other primary sources, Linda Andre shows that claims of safety and efficacy made by doctors who promote and profit from ECT are not supported by science or evidence. She reveals how the shock industry and organized psychiatry abused public trust and waged a masterful, multi-decade public relations campaign to improve ECT's image, deceiving the media, the government, and the public about its risks while exploiting negative stereotypes of mental patients to silence survivors.

The book documents the struggles of these former patients and their allies who have worked for over thirty years to inform others about the dangers of ECT, and includes vivid firsthand accounts of its permanent adverse effects on memory and cognition. Meticulously researched, Doctors of Deception builds a solid case that ECT can never be justified scientifically, medically, or morally.

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Ebook Details
Pages: 376
Size: 1.7 MB
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Date published:   2009
ISBN: 9780813546520 (DRM-PDF)

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