History’s Jonathan Sadowsky to discuss use of electroconvulsive therapy during the ’40s and ’50s

In the upcoming Faculty Work-in-Progress event, Jonathan Sadowsky, the Theodore J. Castele Associate Professor of Medical History and chair of the Department of History, will give a talk titled “Cold War Medicine: ECT as Therapy and Social Control in an Age of Anxiety.”

Sadowsky will discuss the presence of electroconvulsive therapy during the 1940s and ’50s in the context of that era’s concern with conformity. The talk will cover uses of this highly controversial therapy that ranged from therapeutic to coercive.

The event will take place Thursday, Feb. 14, at 4:30 p.m. in Clark Hall 206. A reception will begin at 4:15 p.m.