Electrical treatment of shell shock

Electrical treatment of shell shock

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Credit: OTIS HISTORICAL ARCHIVES, NATIONAL MUSEUM OF HEALTH AND MEDICINE/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Electrical treatment of shell shock. Man in a Bergonic chair, with electrodes applied to his thighs. Electric shock therapy was used to treat some shell-shocked soldiers during World War I (1914-1918). Uncontrollable tremors or paralysis of the legs could lead to the application of electric shocks to the legs.

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