“[John Nash’s] illness recurred and sadly, further treatment was refused. He spent the next decades as a shadowy figure on the Princeton University campus.”
This is a link to a “primary source” for the CBS “American Experience” Film, A Brilliant Madness, about John Nash. The author, a psychiatrist who worked in institutions during the 1950s, says a couple things that I have issues with, like the above quote - I don’t think it’s sad John Nash refused further treatment?? But it’s still a good historical read about Insulin Coma Therapy. For me, it helped link the ideological overlap between different forms of “treatment” at different times.
For example, “When ECT and ICT were introduced, much academic interest was focused on the brain’s electrical activity as measured by the electroencephalogram (developed in 1929). Measurement of the brain’s electrical activity during courses of ICT showed dramatic and persistent changes. Amplitudes of the brain rhythms increased, frequencies slowed, and new patterns of spike and slow burst activity appeared. When these brain changes did not develop, the patients did not improve. The benefits of ICT were best assured when the brain’s electrical activity changed, and this occurred most often after a prolonged coma.” [bold mine]. To me, this quote shows how methods of “treatment” foreshadow each other. Again, understanding these connections is part of understanding our heritage as specimen.