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Passed From Temple 9
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Demons of Despair fl
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Noted Science Analyst.
IT’S THE raj'e individual who goes
through life without some tragic
experience the death of a loved
one, break-up of a home, or perhaps
r;st having a friend who proves faith-
less. While some
!••■ rsons at e geared
• > take these hard
knocks t o their
• ■motions, others
su t cu m h to a
known chronic
form of grief.
No w the S e
stricken persons
t m be shocked
painlessly out of
such troubles with
i mild electric
u r resit. Elec
trodes attached to
the sufferer’s head
send a charge
from temple t« *
temple, and nctu
-thy restore a nor
mal, tranquil out
look on life.
Science is time
ly with its discov
ery of a way to
•me sorrow. Now millions of h
holds feel the nearness, if not the
presence, of grief in the form, par
ticularly, of telegrams from the War
1 Vpartrnent.
Medical experts now can help cush
ion the hurt. Dr. Abraham Myerson,
a leading psychiatrist, who is asso
< iated with Harvard University and
Boston £>tatc Hospital, tells about it
in a recent issue of the New England
Journal of Medicine.
It has worked where psycho
therapy. drugs, hormones, vitamins
and kind words seem to have failed.
•Inly 30, lOf t
ft 4 v ;W|
- qR \
fJ/F ,4' ri F
After Boston’s
< Ocoanut Grove I ire
till C ases of Acute Grief
Ulm-ss Were Discovered
Among Relatives of Victims.
Tile treatment, as described, is
simple, requiring electrical energy
comparable with that used for a 100-
watt lamp, which means that cur
rent of 80 to 120 volts, of one third to
one ampere, passes through the head.
It is done with timing of one-tenth to
two fifths of a second. That’s all
then 1 is to the treatment.
Writing in the Journal about his
aeenmphslrmrnts, Dr. Myerson said:
“All of the four cases, all women
we treated, were characterized by an
intense and prolonged grief reaction
following a recent bereavement.”
the Shook
Treatment Aids Suf
ferers From Abnormal
Grief, Medical Experts Believe,
by C ausing Some as Yet Unknown
Physical Change in the Brain.
One- woman was 48. Ilvr only son
die<l under ti igic circumstances. She
felt that it was her fault.
Dr. Myerson described her condi
tion as “an increasing, agitated de
•pression, with obsessive thoughts and
compulsive nets.” The electric shock
treatment. WiLflmh
A woman of 52 was the clinging
vitu* tyjje. When her husband died she
was severely depressed.
Medicine couldn’t aid her. She had
ten shocks without improvement.
Family and friends despaired. Hut
then her memory returned and with
it a normal determination to live in
thn pmmnt
A music teacher was 48 when her
husband was killed in®an accident.
She had been a cli#*rful wife and
mother. The sudden ueath w rought a
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"~WHam lEmMjUi .
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Science Can Now Send
Relief for Sorrow and
Worry Over Mind-Heal
ing Wires
depressive change. Once she became
so depressed she tried suicide.
Confinement in a state institution
was unproductive of remedy. The
woman was discharged with a diag
nosis of “reactive depression.” She
became a recluse. Dr. Myerson gave
her the shock treatment and after
five jolts on alternate days she was
laughing again.
A matron of 28, intelligent hi 1
civic-minded, faced a servant pi oh
lein. She usually stayed home, with
her baby. One evening, however, she
left him alone for a few hours. When
she returned the infant was dead m
his crib, suffocated.
In her gilei, sh<‘, too
accusatory and lost interest in activi
ties that previously had occupied hr
elining to the opinion of
Dr. Eric Lindemann, psychi.i
trist of Massachusetts General Ifos
pital, Boston, that acute grief realh
is a disease.
After the catastrophic fire in Bos
ton’s Coeoanut Grove, in which mails
500 i><• isons perished in If* 112. Dr.
I.indernann made a study of ti 9 cases
of “grief sickness” among relatives
and friends of the victims. He found
all suffered common symptoms, such
as *’tightness of the thioat, choking
and shortness of breath, an empty
feeling in the stomach, lack of mus
cular power.”
Disease or not, Dr. Myerson has
found a way to relieve it to return
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those plagued by sorrow to useful
pursuits and reinstate them as good
The immediate result of the shock
treatment is convulsion of the bo**
But it lasts only a short time and i <
patient retains no memory of it. But
iio|H* replaces pain.
I >r. Myerson doesn’t know just why
the shock works. It is his t>elief it
has nothing to .lo with the mind. He
thinks that teactions <d
an unknown tyin' take place, and this
is the basis of recovery.”
But it’s a proved gloom-chaser.
Two shock treat
ments restored he^
Treat me n t 4 *
shock was fii r
usixi in cases of
psychosis by Italian
scientists seeking
an effective Way t >
combat mental dG
turbancos. In this
country, Dr. Lothar
B. Kalir.owsky, a
memlx*r of the staff
of N(*w’ York State
Psychiatric Tnsti
tute and of Pilgrim
State Hospital at
Brentwood, N\ V .
has had singular
success with the
method in fighting
forms of insanity.
But Dr. Myerson
has applied i* to
another field, in

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