Category Archives: 1950s

The Sacklers

I recently listened to an entertaining talk by economist Ha-Joon Chang. He was quite critical about economists and at the end of his talk he lamented the fact that they could get things spectacularly wrong without it damaging their reputation. He … Continue reading

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ECT: back to the fifties

A recent episode of the popular TV series, Call the Midwife, set in the late 1950s to early 1960s, included a story-line about Sister Cynthia, a young midwife and nun, who became depressed after being attacked when out at night, … Continue reading

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More about Dr Woodland and ECT

In a previous post I mentioned a British GP (general practitioner) who had given his patients more than 10,000 electroconvulsive treatments over a twenty year period. Which twenty years? Richard Woodland’s use of ECT came to prominence in 1984, when … Continue reading

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ECT 60 years ago

This month we have been celebrating the Queen’s golden jubilee and there has been a lot in the media about how life has changed over the past 60 years. The BBC for example told people that “Sixty years ago, when the Queen came … Continue reading

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Electroconvulsive therapy: old and new

Carrie Fisher recently talked about her experience of undergoing electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) on the Oprah Winfrey show: “Did you see One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest? Well, it’s not like that.” She went on, apparently, to say she’s put to … Continue reading

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