New Issue – NTM Zeitschrift für Geschichte der Wissenschaften, Technik und Medizin

3The September 2016 issue NTM Zeitschrift für Geschichte der Wissenschaften, Technik und Medizin contains at least one article that may be of interest to H-Madness readers.

A Material History of Electroshock Therapy by Lara Rzesnitzek and Sascha Lang

The article considers the history of electroshock therapy as a history of medical technology, professional cooperation and business competition. A variation of a history from below is intended; though not from the patients’ perspective (Porter, Theory Soc 14:175–198, 1985), but with a focus on electrodes, circuitry and patents. Such a ‘material history’ of electroshock therapy reveals that the technical make-up of electroshock devices and what they were used for was relative to the changing interests of physicians, industrial companies and mental health politics; it makes an intriguing case for the Social Construction of Technology theory (Bijker et al., The social construction of technological systems: new directions in the sociology and history of technology. MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, 1987).




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