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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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Combining sleep with ECT avoids this His father lost most of his money in the depression in the late s and the scholarship allowed Sargant to continue his medical education.

Preview — Battle for the Mind by William Sargant. Archived from the original on 30 April After the war, Sargant found it difficult to settle at the re-united Maudsley Hospital and applied — unsuccessfully — for positions elsewhere.

Battle for the Mind by William Sargant

These and other compelling questions are discussed in the definitive work by William Sargant, who for many years until thhe death in was a leading physician in psychological medicine. Well worth the read. Sargant connected Pavlov’s findings to the ways people learned and internalised belief systems. William Sargant worked with both British and American intelligence agencies in mind control programs. Whilst clearly dated and more of a 3.

William Sargant

When the doctors advised against operation, Sargant got round this by sending patients to be operated on by Wylie McKissock at St George’s Hospitalwhere Eliot Slater was temporarily in charge of the psychiatric department.

Book ratings by Goodreads. Kevin rated it liked it May 15, Jan 31, Mircea Lungu rated it liked it Shelves: Sargant explains and illustrates the basic techniques used by evangelists, psychiatrists, and brain-washers to dissolve existing, established patterns of belief, and then substitute new beliefs and behaviors.


Daniela rated it it was amazing Feb 03, Sargant co-authored a textbook on physical treatment in psychiatry that ran to 5 editions. Chad King rated it it was amazing Nov 16, One man who consulted Sargant at his Harley Street private practice for depression in the s later recalled “Will” with jind and respect.

William Sargant, Battle for the Mind

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. Conditioned behaviour patterns could be changed by stimulated stresses beyond a dog’s capacity for response, in essence causing a breakdown. Why does a POW sign a “confession” that he knows tor false?

A second bout of tuberculosis and depression in gave Sargant time to complete his book Battle for the Mind and also an opportunity for giving up his year heavy smoking habit. After 3 or 4 treatments they may ask for ECT fog be discontinued because of an increasing dread of further treatments.

They are gifted with religious and social apprehensions, and they are gifted with the power safgant reason; but all these faculties are physiologically entailed sargannt the brain. She was given electroconvulsive therapy and large doses of the anti-psychotic drug Largactil and insulin. Dave Getzinger rated it really liked it Jun 21, Mar 31, Kailey Curless rated it liked it Shelves: Perhaps, even earlier, Jesus Christ might simply have returned to his carpentry following the use of modern [psychiatric] treatments.

Do the evangelist, the POW’s captor, and the policeman use similar methods to gain their ends? In he married Peggy Glen; the two had met at the Laboratory at Belmont, where Peggy worked as a volunteer.


Battle for the Mind

Views Read Edit View history. John Wesley who had years of depressive torment before accepting the idea of salvation by faith rather than good works, might have avoided this, and simply gone back to help his father as curate of Epworth following treatment. Something else that was partic Whilst clearly dated and more of a 3. 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.

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William Sargant worked with British war veterans who returned from the worst fronts of world war 2 and had been mentally and emotionally reduced to blank slates.

Among the points that were brought out were the routine violation of patients’ tne 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.