Restoring lunatics to sanity

Pitiless tyrant in a pygmy field

Pitiless tyrant in a pygmy field

The method: insulin coma, electroshock and/or lobotomy

It is an old principle of therapeutics, writes Dalrymple,

that if you can make treatment more unpleasant than the disease, people stop complaining of the disease, even if they don’t get better from it.

William Sargant was

evangelical in his fervour for such treatments….He bore with fortitude the deaths of his patients under his experimental treatments.

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