A Concise Encyclopaedia of Psychiatry
First published in 1972, this book is a testament to how things change, and how a powerful belief in one decade can become possibly horrifying, certainly different, in the next.
This is part of the description of a detention centre for ‘junior offenders’. “Officialy described as ‘brisk and firm’.
Narco-analysis was ‘a form of treatment used extensively in the war neuroses of the second world war’. They describe this as ‘slow intravenous injection of a short-acting barbituate’ and say that ‘deaths in some patients have been reported.’
It’s also full of brilliant story starters. Terms like Belle Indifference, hypnopompic phenomena, Latah and Effort Syndrome.