Medicine: The Case of Geoffrey Holdsworth

A successful case of electric shock treatment for mental disorder was described in the London Spectator last week by a British journalist named Geoffrey Holdsworth.* Wrote he:

"It has been my misfortune to suffer from a manic-depressive temperament for most of my existence. It has been like walking over a level country scored by deep gullies. . . . Circumstances . . . brought on an attack of depression from which I seemed unable to extricate myself unaided. ... [A specialist] prescribed a course of Electrical Convulsant Therapy.

"I was required to abstain from food for four hours before the treatment. . ....

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