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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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. A really amazing look at how the human mind can be manipulated by various circumstances. 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.

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Daniela rated it it was amazing Feb 03, Whilst clearly dated and more of a 3. Battle for the Mind; A physiology of conversion mlnd brain-washing 2nd ed.

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William Sargant srgant with both British and American intelligence agencies in mind control programs. Joseph Wheaton rated it really liked it Jun 09, Well worth the read.

Sargant connected Pavlov’s findings to the ways people learned and internalised belief systems. It was Sargant’s firm belief that anyone with psychological problems should be treated early and intensively with all available methods — combined if necessary. Why does a POW sign a “confession” that he knows is false? Nigist rated it did not like it Jun 15, Kevin rated it fot it May 15, Sargant co-authored a textbook on physical treatment in psychiatry that ran to 5 editions. William Walters Sargant was a controversial British psychiatrist who is remembered for ffor evangelical zeal with which he promoted treatments such as psychosurgery, deep sleep treatment, electroconvulsive therapy and insulin shock therapy.


The aargant methods, which Sargant also referred to as “modern” and “active” treatments, were drugs in large doses antidepressants, amphetamines, barbiturates, tranquillisers, neurolepticselectroconvulsive therapy, insulin coma therapy, continuous narcosis and leucotomy. John rated it really liked it Sep 03, After the war, Sargant found it difficult to settle at the re-united Maudsley Hospital and applied — unsuccessfully — for batlte elsewhere.

William Sargant

Views Read Edit View history. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. 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 redress through the courts.

His father lost most of his money in the depression in the late s and the scholarship allowed Sargant to continue his medical education.

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Lesley Webb rated it really liked it Dec 23, Bqttle 15, Jeremy rated it really liked it. As a rule the patient does not know how long he has been asleep, or what treatment, even including ECT, he has been given.


Patients, too, recall their treatment at the hands of Sargant in very different terms. In his work he sets out to show how purely physiological mechanisms can have a dominating role in beliefs that eclipse reason and emotion and whats more how these mechanisms can be used and abused as well as how they can be resisted. Elisabeth rated it liked it Jul 30, Stacey Douglas rated it liked it Apr 30, Sargant was fond of saying that you can’t make a silk purse out of a pig’s ear.

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. The author hopes that by giving people this saryant they will better be able to identify situations where they are being exploited.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Now, some of these techniques are pretty dated Perhaps, even earlier, Jesus Christ might simply have returned to his carpentry following the use of modern [psychiatric] treatments. Batttle was born into a large and wealthy Methodist family in HighgateLondon.