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Unfortunately it's still going on today. Google Electroconvulsive Therapy or ECT. Apparently it can be a very effective temporary treatment. However, I still shudder when I think of observing a session during Nursing school 10 years ago. Very sterile and anesthetic is used, but still disturbing.
Nothing succeeds like the appearance of success. -- Christopher Lascl