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How has our approach to mental illness treatment evolved over time? Dr. Jonathan Sadowsky joins us today to discuss his intriguing research related to this topic: the history of psychiatry in Africa and the United States…

Dr. Sadowsky is the Theodore J. Castele Professor of Medical History at Case Western Reserve University and author of The Empire of Depression: A New History. He also has a forthcoming publication via Routledge Press entitled Electroconvulsive Therapy in America: The Anatomy of a Medical Controversy

Understanding how psychiatry and mental illness have interacted with each other throughout history and across cultures is Dr. Sadowsky’s primary research interest. Wondering what his years of work have shown him? Tune in now to find out for yourself!

In this episode, we explore:

  • What electroconvulsive therapy is, and why it is such a polarizing topic.
  • The potential benefits of electroconvulsive therapy. 
  • Safer alternatives to electroconvulsive therapy. 
  • How mental illnesses have been evaluated and treated across time and cultures.

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