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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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The author hopes that by giving people this information they will better be able to identify situations where they are being exploited. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. These and other compelling questions are discussed in the definitive work by William Sargant, who for many years until his death in was a leading physician in psychological medicine.

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

Battle For The Mind

He was president of the section of psychiatry at the Royal Society of Medicine inand was a founding member of the World Psychiatric Association.

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. Jun 21, Nana Kwansa marked it as to-read. Even the strongest soldiers of Caesar, his eagle carrying veterans break down bad after the lengthy war in Gaul.

Depending on the dog’s initial personality, this could possibly cause a new belief system to be held tenaciously.

Dave Getzinger rated it really liked it Jun 21, Sargant was sent, along with H. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

William Walters Sargant was a controversial British psychiatrist who is remembered for the evangelical zeal with which he promoted treatments such as psychosurgery, deep sleep treatment, electroconvulsive therapy and insulin shock therapy.

His father was a City broker, his mother, Alice Walters, was the daughter of a Methodist minister from a family of wealthy Welsh brewers. Why does a POW sign a “confession” that he knows is false?

He wrote numerous articles in the medical and lay press, an autobiography, The Unquiet Mindand a book titled Battle for the Mind in which he discusses the nature of the process by which our minds are subject to influence by others. Open Preview See a Problem? The available methods, which Sargant also referred to asrgant “modern” and “active” treatments, were drugs in large doses antidepressants, amphetamines, barbiturates, tranquillisers, neurolepticselectroconvulsive therapy, insulin coma therapy, continuous narcosis and leucotomy.


After 3 or 4 treatments they may ask for ECT to be discontinued because of an increasing dread of further treatments. Whilst clearly dated and more of a 3.

William Sargant

In he was awarded szrgant Starkey medal and prize by the Royal Society of Health for work on mental health. Say if you were an intelligence batyle 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 Joseph Wheaton rated it really liked it Jun 09, In other projects Wikimedia Commons. Battle for the Mind.

He did not excel academically but played rugby for St John’s College, was president of Cambridge University Medical Society and collected autographs of famous medical men.

The Best Books of Description How can an evangelist convert a hardboiled sophisticate? Battle for the Mind; A physiology of conversion and brain-washing 2nd ed.

Sargant also advocated increasing the frequency of ECT sessions for those he describes as “resistant, obsessional patients” in order to produce “therapeutic confusion” and so remove their power of refusal.

To ask other readers questions about Battle for the Mindplease sign up. A really amazing look at how the human mind can be manipulated by various circumstances. Kevin rated it liked it May 15, How is a criminal pressured into admitting his guilt?

Although remembered as a major force in British psychiatry in the post-war years, his enthusiasm for discredited treatments such as insulin shock therapy sargamt deep sleep treatment, his hatred for any form of psychotherapy, and his reliance on dogma rather than clinical evidence have left him as a controversial figure whose ffor is seldom cited in modern psychiatric texts.

So if you know what it takes to erase someones personality 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”.

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Both at Belmont Hospital and at St Thomas’, Sargant subjected patients to up to three months’ combined electroconvulsive therapy, continuous narcosis, insulin coma therapy and drugs. 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 health authorities relating to Sargant’s activities have been destroyed, making it difficult — if not impossible — for patients to seek battlle through the courts.


What is so valuable is that they generally have no memory about the actual length of the treatment or the numbers of ECT used Now, some of these techniques are pretty dated Jackie rated it really liked it Jul 04, Preview — Battle for the Mind by William Sargant. Pavlov and his classification of dogs in the same four categories that hyppocrates classifies people: During sleep treatment we also give them ECT and anti-depressant drugs”. After the war, Sargant found it difficult to settle at the re-united Maudsley Hospital and applied — unsuccessfully — for positions elsewhere.

His ambition to be a physician was thwarted by a disastrous piece fo research and a nervous breakdown, after which he turned his attention to psychiatry. 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 sagant in the Soviet Union and religion, then this book is ideal.

He said in a talk battel in Leeds: We can now keep sagrant asleep or very drowsy for up to 3 months if necessary. Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of I read this to help get an understanding of s psychiatry for foor novel I was writing. Wilberforcetoo, might have gone back to being a man sarfant town, and avoided his long fight to abolish slavery and his addiction to laudanum. He wrote in his standard textbook An batle to physical methods of treatment in psychiatry: Do the evangelist, the POW’s captor, and the policeman use similar methods to gain their ends?

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