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Electrotherapy and the Nervous Self during Wartime

Andreas Killen

in Berlin Electropolis

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2006 | ISBN: 9780520243620
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520931633 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520243620.003.0005
Electrotherapy and the Nervous Self during Wartime

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This chapter continues the discussion from Chapter 3 of the transformation of neurasthenia into a mass condition from the 1890s through to the Great War. It considers the implications for medical theory and practice of the backlash against the social state. It also traces the evolution of electrotherapy from bourgeois treatment into the cornerstone of the psychological, disciplinary regime of mass treatment employed by doctors during the Great War.

Keywords: neurasthenia; medical theory; social state; electrotherapy; mass treatment

Chapter.  14581 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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