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September 1952

Shock Treatments, Psychosurgery and Other Somatic Treatments in Psychiatry

AMA Arch NeurPsych. 1952;68(3):424. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1952.02320210134018

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Developments in the field of shock therapy and psychosurgery have been so extensive in the six years since the publication of the first edition of this work that the present volume has doubled in size. As the authors say in their preface, "The title was changed to include psychosurgery, which, together with the shock treatments has assumed a prominent place among the somatic treatments in psychiatry.... The subject is now being presented in the same manner in which shock treatments are discussed, combining an objective survey of the literature with an account of the authors' own experience and their personal views on many of the controversial issues."

The personal views are presented with unusual clarity and show evidence not only of considerable thought, but of actual experience. The chapters on insulin shock therapy and convulsive shock therapy are practical and eminently readable. Combined insulin-electric shock therapy is revealed as still