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Mental patient wearing respirator in a shock unit

Mental patient wearing respirator in a shock unit

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Shock unit. Unconscious patient being fitted with a respirator in a medical shock unit. The respirator will help the man to breathe. The patient has received electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), also known as electroshock therapy. Electric shocks are used to induce seizures as a treatment for severe depressive illness. Photographed in the Albany Medical College in the United States of America during the latter half of the 20th century.

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