The scientific origins of electroconvulsive therapy: a conceptual history

  title={The scientific origins of electroconvulsive therapy: a conceptual history},
  author={Germ{\'a}n E. Berr{\'i}os},
  journal={History of Psychiatry},
  pages={105 - 119}
  • G. Berríos
  • Published 1 March 1997
  • Psychology
  • History of Psychiatry
Writing on the history of biological treatments, particularly identifying origins and end points, is a complex business. For example, when working on an earlier piece on the history of psychosurgery, it soon became apparent that starting with Moniz (as conventional accounts tend to do) was not satisfactory (Berrios 1991). Apart from the historical fact that this is not correct, there was also the question of the nature and origin of the social and moral warrants that led Moniz to propose such a… 

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