I’ve started collecting old electroshock books before they disappear and/or their prices skyrocket. Last year I bought a copy Electro-shock and its Brain-Disabling Effects, originally published in 1979.
This book is a vital read. It shows how far back shock induced brain damaged evidence was available, how this information was softened, skewed or ignored by the industry, provides patient accounts, detailed descriptions of physical and cognitive effects and its wealth of citations serves an additional research resource.
Recently I was poking around Peter Breggin’s ECT Resource Center and found that he made the complete book available free via PDF–yay!
Even though I already own the book, it’s hard for me to process because it’s highly technical and I struggle with reading and retaining new info after ECT wrecked my brain.
But with a PDF copy, I can run it through my screen reader and can easily highlight and review points I want to remember.
You can download the PDF here.
And if have the same reading/retaining troubles I do and are interested in using assistive technology, check out VoiceDream.
It’s the best screen reader I’ve ever used. It’s easy to add content, there’s a ton of realistic voices to choose from, and the app is customizable.