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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Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. In addition he states: 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.

Jackie rated it really liked it Jul 04, 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.

She was given electroconvulsive therapy and large doses of the anti-psychotic drug Largactil and insulin. Nov 12, Dean Akin rated it really liked it Shelves: D’Arcy rated it liked it Oct 17, 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 sargajt 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 sargaant to seek redress through the courts.


In he was appointed director of the department of psychological medicine at St Thomas’ HospitalLondon, and remained there until and after his retirement inalso treating patients at other hospitals, building up a lucrative private practice in Harley Streetand working as a media psychiatrist.

In he married Peggy Glen; the two had met at the Laboratory at Belmont, where Peggy worked as a volunteer. We can now keep patients asleep or very drowsy for up to 3 months if necessary. William Sargant worked with British war veterans who returned from the worst fronts of world war 2 and had been mentally and emotionally bttle to blank slates.

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Description How can an evangelist convert a hardboiled sophisticate? Now, some of these techniques are pretty dated Lesley Webb rated it srgant liked it Dec 23, If you think Pavlov’s experiments were only about dog salivating on a bell sound, then this book will help you get up to speed with Transmarginal inhibition, paradoxical and ultra-paradoxical states.

Kevan Bowkett rated it really liked it Dec 22, Looking for beautiful books? Learn how brainwashing techniques had been used from the early periods by different groups and cults. He said in a talk delivered in Leeds: After his recovery, Sargant worked as a locum at Hanwell Hospitaland then for a while helped his brother-in-law at his Nottingham general practice, before deciding on a career in psychiatry.

Visit our Beautiful Books page and find lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more. Patients, too, recall their treatment at the hands of Sargant in very different terms.

Well worth the read. John rated it really liked it Sep 03, Although remembered as a major force in British psychiatry in the post-war years, his enthusiasm for discredited treatments such as insulin shock therapy and deep sleep treatment, his hatred for any tge of psychotherapy, and his reliance on dogma rather than clinical evidence have left him as a controversial figure whose work is seldom cited in modern psychiatric texts.

Five of his uncles were preachers.


William Sargant

Depending on the dog’s initial personality, this could possibly cause a new belief system to be held tenaciously. Want to Read saving…. The Best Books of 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, batfle therapy and insulin shock therapy.

Battle for the Mind; A physiology of conversion and brain-washing 2nd ed. Wilberforcetoo, might have gone back to being a man about town, and avoided his long fight to abolish slavery and his addiction to laudanum.

Battle For The Mind

A very helpful little book to reflect upon in order to have a better understanding of your own beliefs – regardless of your religion or irreligion. Paperbackpages. By means of various sargatn he was able to “undo” the damage sarbant get them back to somewhat normal lives 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 fo this and acted upon this Do the evangelist, the POW’s captor, and the policeman use similar methods to gain their ends?

Nigist rated it did not like it Jun 15, Her review would be more important than mine! 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. The author hopes that by giving people this information they will better be able to identify situations where they are being exploited.

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