William Walters Sargant (24 April – 27 August ) was a British psychiatrist who is . Battle for the Mind, published in , was one of the first books on the psychology of brainwashing. While this book is often referred to as a work on. Sargant, William Walters. Battle for the mind: a physiology of conversion and brain-washing / by William Sargant: with a preface by Charles Swencionis. p. cm. Battle for the Mind. A Physiology of Conversion and Brain-Washing. by William Sargant. Baltimore, Maryland and Hammondsworth, England: Penguin Books.

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Battle for the Mind

We’re featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. We may be seeing here a new exciting beginning in psychiatry and the possibility of a treatment era such as followed the introduction of anaesthesia in surgery”. Nigist rated it did not like it Jun 15, D’Arcy rated it liked it Oct 17, William Walters Sargant 24 April — 27 August was a British psychiatrist who is remembered for the evangelical zeal with which he promoted treatments such as psychosurgerydeep sleep treatmentelectroconvulsive therapy and insulin shock therapy.

In he married Peggy Glen; the two had met at the Laboratory at Belmont, where Peggy worked as a volunteer.

William Sargant, Battle for the Mind

Her review would be more important than mine! Jun 26, Alessandro rated it really liked it. A second bout of tuberculosis and depression in gave Sargant time to complete his book Battle for the Mind and also an opportunity for giving up his year heavy smoking habit. This page was last edited on 25 October baattle, at His father was a City broker, his mother, Alice Walters, was the daughter of a Methodist minister from a family of wealthy Welsh brewers.


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In he was awarded the Starkey medal and prize by the Royal Society of Health for work on mental health. They are gifted with religious ror social apprehensions, and they are gifted with the power of reason; but all these faculties are physiologically entailed to the brain.

Depending on the dog’s initial personality, this could possibly cause a new belief system to be held tenaciously. Something else that was partic Min clearly dated and more of a 3.

Interesting read on the history of Christian brainwashing among other things. We can now keep patients asleep or very drowsy for up to 3 months if necessary. Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews.

Sargant connected Pavlov’s findings to the ways people learned and internalised belief systems.

William Sargant – Wikipedia

Book ratings by Goodreads. He said in a talk delivered in Leeds: Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Books by William Sargant. After 3 or 4 treatments they may ask for ECT to be discontinued because of an increasing dread of further treatments.

Perhaps, even earlier, Jesus Christ might simply have returned to his carpentry mijd the use of modern [psychiatric] treatments. After the war, Sargant found it difficult to settle at the re-united Maudsley Hospital and applied — unsuccessfully — for positions elsewhere. Kevan Bowkett rated it really liked it Dec 22, Conditioned behaviour patterns could be changed by stimulated stresses beyond a dog’s capacity for response, in essence causing a breakdown.


He was president of the section of psychiatry at the Thw Society of Medicine inand was a founding member of the World Psychiatric Association. Loyola and St Francis might also have continued with their hhe careers. It was, he said, “doing good by stealth”. Say if you were an intelligence agency looking to make the perfect manchurian candidate who would have the desire and knowledge of killing a predetermined target but not recall how or why they learned this and acted upon this Visit our Beautiful Books page and find lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more.

Battle safgant the Mind by William Sargant. Sargant’s methods inspired Australian doctor Harry Bailey who employed deep sleep treatment at Sydney ‘s Chelmsford Private Hospitaleventually leading to the death of 26 patients.

William Sargant

He wrote in his standard textbook An introduction to physical methods of treatment in psychiatry: The available methods, which Sargant also referred to as “modern” and “active” treatments, were drugs in large doses antidepressants, amphetamines, barbiturates, tranquillisers, neurolepticselectroconvulsive therapy, insulin coma therapy, continuous narcosis and leucotomy. Return to Book Page. Well worth the read.

A really amazing look at how the human mind can be manipulated by various circumstances.