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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A really amazing look at how the human mind can be manipulated by various circumstances. Among the points that were brought out were the routine violation of patients’ rights as regards giving consent for treatment; the fact that Sargant admitted in correspondence with an Australian lawyer that patients had died under his deep sleep regime; and the circumstance that all patient records at St Thomas’s and the related fro authorities relating to Sargant’s activities have been destroyed, making it difficult — if not impossible — for patients to seek redress through the courts.
Chad King rated it it was amazing Nov 16, Loyola and St Francis might also have continued with their military careers. Imrie has written that her eventual cure was nothing to do with Sargant and his bizarre techniques.
Want to Read Currently Reading Read. During sleep treatment we also give them ECT and anti-depressant drugs”. Thanks for telling us about the problem. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Kevan Bowkett rated it really liked it Dec 22, A second bout of tuberculosis mihd 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.
Whats more these happened fairly independently to one another, so each group brought its own understanding to it even though the methods used by were similar in many ways. William Sargant, that author of this book was one of the founders of MK-Ultra back when it was known as project bluebird.
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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 Learn how brainwashing techniques had been used from the early periods by different mlnd and cults. Jul 15, Jeremy rated it really liked it.
Jun midn, Alessandro rated it really liked it. Elisabeth rated it liked it Jul 30, Refresh and try again. If you are looking for a concise introduction to the tactics and techniques used in brainwashing, from an introduction to the work of Pavlov, to the methods used in the Soviet Union and religion, then this book is ideal.
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British actress Celia Imrie was admitted to St Thomas’ Hospital when she was fourteen for the treatment of anorexia under the care of Sargant. We’re featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book.
How is a criminal pressured into admitting his guilt? Therefore the brain should not be abused by having forced upon it any religious or political mystique that stunts the reason, or any form of crude rationalism that stunts the religious sense. Sargant was born into a large and wealthy Methodist family in HighgateLondon.
After the war, Sargant found it difficult to settle at the re-united Maudsley Hospital and applied — unsuccessfully — for positions elsewhere. As a rule the patient does not know how long he has been asleep, or what treatment, even including ECT, he has been given. These and other compelling questions are discussed in this definitive work by William Sargant. Do the evangelist, the POW’s captor, and the policeman use similar methods to gain their ends?
At that time the new department consisted of a thd with no in-patient beds, and no requirement on students to attend lectures on psychiatry.
Visiting Sargant for a brief consultation every six months, he was given large doses of drugs and had a course of electroconvulsive therapy; he remembered his relief at being told that his depression was caused by chemical and hereditary factors and could not be resisted by an effort of personal will. How is a criminal pressured into admitting his guilt? In the book he refers extensively to religious phenomena and in particular Christian Methodismemphasising the apparent need for those who would change people’s minds to first excite them, as did the founder of Methodism, John Wesley.
Sargant also advocated minnd the frequency of ECT sessions for those he describes as “resistant, obsessional patients” in order to mine “therapeutic confusion” and so remove their power of refusal.
He wrote numerous articles in the medical and lay press, an autobiography, The unquiet mind, and a book entitled Battle for the mind in which he discusses the nature of the process by which our minds are subject to influence by others. Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide. Bailey and Sargant were in close contact and apparently competed to see which of them could keep a patient in the deepest coma.
I gave this book to a friend of mine, who is fascinated by the study of the human brain. Mar 31, Kailey Curless rated it liked it Shelves: Sargant spells out and illustrates the basic techniques used by sxrgant, psychiatrists, and brain-washers to disperse the patterns of belief and behavior already established in the minds of their hearers, and to substitute new patterns for them. Combining sleep with ECT avoids this Conditioned behaviour minnd could be changed by stimulated stresses beyond a dog’s capacity for response, in essence causing a breakdown.
Patients, too, recall their treatment at the hands of Sargant in very different terms. Kevin rated it liked it May 15, John rated it really liked it Sep 03, He did not excel academically but played rugby for St John’s College, tbe president of Cambridge University Medical Society and collected autographs of famous medical men.
His ambition to be a physician was thwarted by a disastrous piece of research and a nervous breakdown, after which he turned his attention to psychiatry.
But in —four years after qualifying as a doctor—a nervous breakdown and spell in a mental hospital put paid to his plans. Jackie rated it really liked it Jul 04,