In psychiatry the factor of time has been a difficult obstacle to surmount. In the past few years insulin, metrazol and, finally, electric shock therapy have shortened the period of hospitalization of patients with the major psychoses.1 Unfortunately, the problem of the neurotic patient, who requires much individual effort and consideration, has received relatively little attention in this respect.2 Only a few studies of the application of shock treatment to the neuroses have been made.
A fairly comprehensive survey of the literature in regard to convulsive therapy of the neuroses discloses the following facts: Fourteen authors3 have given the results of the treatment for all types of neuroses, a total of 130 patients being represented. In 36 patients (28 per cent) the disease was described as cured or in remission; in 80 patients (64 per cent) the condition was said to be improved, and in only 14
MORIARTY JD, WEIL AA. COMBINED CONVULSIVE THERAPY AND PSYCHOTHERAPY OF THE NEUROSES. Arch NeurPsych. 1943;50(6):685–690. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1943.02290240069006
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