January 1942

Shock Treatment in Psychiatry: A Manual.

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By L. Jessner, M.D., and V. Gerard Ryan, M.D. Price, $3.50. Pp. XV + 149. New York: Grune and Stratton, Inc., 1941.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1942;69(1):164. doi:10.1001/archinte.1942.00200130174022

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This short monograph reviews in a workman-like manner the use of insulin, metrazol and electricity as agents for inducing convulsing shocks in psychiatric therapy. These three agents and the technics of their usage are evaluated critically and in language that any one can understand.

Each chapter is built on the same lines. A short historical account is followed by a description of technical procedures, a statement of the indications and the contraindications for using the agent under discussion and, finally, a general summary of the results to be expected. As a concluding chapter, the author supplies a bibliography of 353 references culled from several thousand titles.

The book begins with an introduction by Dr. Harry Solomon. He says that it is an excellent handbook; and so it appears to be, useful not only to the psychiatrist but to the internist, who nowadays, perforce, is supposed to be somewhat informed about

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