Doc Savage and brain manipulation

A blast from the past

He’s a master detective, an imaginative inventor, an expert surgeon,a great martial artist, a philantropist billionaire, a famous archeologist and treasure-hunter.

Who was this comic book sensation of the past?

Doc Savage is a fictional character originally published in American pulp magazines during the 1930s and 1940s. He was created by publisher Henry W. Ralston and editor John L. Nanovic at Street & Smith Publications, with additional material contributed by the series’ main writer, Lester Dent. The illustrations were by Walter Baumhofer, Paul Orban, Emery Clarke, Modest Stein, and Robert G. Harris.

The heroic-adventure character would go on to appear in other media, including radio, film, and comic books, with his adventures reprinted for modern-day audiences in a series of paperback books. Into the 21st century, Doc Savage has remained a nostalgic icon in the U.S., referenced in novels and popular culture. Stan Lee has credited Doc Savage as being the forerunner to modern superheroes.[1]


A slight note:  In the books I have read Savage saves the evil people and has them undergo brain surgery to correct the evil impulses that they possess.   Radical to say the least.  But do we not have shock therapy.

Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), formerly known as electroshock therapy, and often referred to as shock treatment, is a psychiatric treatment in which seizures are electrically induced in patients to provide relief from mental disorders.[1] The ECT procedure was first conducted in 1938[2] and is the only currently used form of shock therapy in psychiatry. ECT is often used with informed consent[3] as a last line of intervention for major depressive disorder, mania, and catatonia.[4] ECT machines have been placed in the Class III category (high risk) by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) since 1976.[5]

A round of ECT is effective for about 50% of people with treatment-resistant major depressive disorder, whether it is unipolar or bipolar.[6] Follow-up treatment is still poorly studied, but about half of people who respond relapse within 12 months.[7] Aside from effects in the brain, the general physical risks of ECT are similar to those of brief general anesthesia.[8]:259 Immediately following treatment, the most common adverse effects are confusion and memory loss.[4][9] ECT is considered one of the least harmful treatment options available for severely depressed pregnant women.[10]

On a personal note: My Aunt Sylvia was in a car accident.  She avoided a cat and crashed into a tree.  The woman in the car with her died.  My aunt had deep depression from the incident and underwent shock therapy.  Did it do any good?  I really do not know.  Is it still used today?

As of 2001, it was estimated that about one million people received ECT annually.[66]

There is wide variation in ECT use between different countries, different hospitals, and different psychiatrists.[1][66] International practice varies considerably from widespread use of the therapy in many western countries to a small minority of countries that do not use ECT at all, such as Slovenia.[67]

About 70 percent of ECT patients are women.[1] This may be due to the fact that women are more likely to be diagnosed with depression.[1][68] Older and more affluent patients are also more likely to receive ECT. The use of ECT is not as common in ethnic minorities.[68][69]

Sarah Hall reports, “ECT has been dogged by conflict between psychiatrists who swear by it, and some patients and families of patients who say that their lives have been ruined by it. It is controversial in some European countries such as the Netherlands and Italy, where its use is severely restricted”.[70]



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