William Walters Sargant (24 April – 27 August ) was a British psychiatrist who is . Battle for the Mind, published in , was one of the first books on the psychology of brainwashing. While this book is often referred to as a work on. Sargant, William Walters. Battle for the mind: a physiology of conversion and brain-washing / by William Sargant: with a preface by Charles Swencionis. p. cm. Battle for the Mind. A Physiology of Conversion and Brain-Washing. by William Sargant. Baltimore, Maryland and Hammondsworth, England: Penguin Books.

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Archived from the original on 30 April Daniela rated it it was amazing Feb 03, Chad rated it liked it May 12, Elisabeth rated it liked it Jul 30, Sargant spells out and illustrates the basic techniques used by evangelists, psychiatrists, and brain-washers to disperse the patterns of belief and behavior already established in the minds of their hearers, and to substitute new patterns for them.

After his recovery, Sargant worked as a locum at Hanwell Hospitaland then for a while helped his brother-in-law at his Nottingham general practice, before deciding on a career in psychiatry.

Battle for the Mind by William Sargant

Do the evangelist, the POW’s captor, and the policeman use similar methods to gain their ends? Lists with This Book. At the outbreak of war in September Sargant returned to Britain to find that the Maudsley had been evacuated and divided into two—one half going to Mill Hill School in North London and the other half setting up a sarvant in the old Belmont Workhouse near Sutton, Surrey.

Shorvon, clinical director Eliot Slaterand medical superintendent Louis Minski to Belmont workhouse—renamed the Sutton Emergency Medical Service in the name of the hospital would revert to Belmont. Product details Format Paperback pages Dimensions Description How can an evangelist convert a hardboiled sophisticate? Return to Book Page. If you are looking for a concise introduction to the tactics and teh used in brainwashing, from an introduction to the work of Pavlov, to the methods used in the Soviet Union and religion, nattle this book is ideal.


William Walters Sargant was a controversial British psychiatrist who is remembered for the evangelical zeal with which he promoted treatments such as psychosurgery, deep sleep treatment, electroconvulsive therapy and insulin shock therapy.

After the war, Sargant found it difficult to settle at the re-united Maudsley Hospital and applied — unsuccessfully — wargant positions elsewhere. Battle for the Mind; A physiology of conversion and brain-washing 2nd ed. Depending on the dog’s initial personality, this could possibly cause a new belief system to be held tenaciously.

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The author hopes that by giving people this information they will better be able to identify situations where they are being exploited. This page was last edited on 25 Octoberat Some of the nurses disliked working in the narcosis ward, but a former ward sister defended the treatment, recalling patients as ‘being pleased to be helped’.

Perhaps, even earlier, Jesus Christ might simply have returned to his carpentry following the use of modern [psychiatric] treatments. How is a criminal pressured into admitting his guilt? He wrote numerous articles in the medical and lay press, an autobiography, The unquiet mind, and a book entitled Battle for the mind in which he discusses the nature of the process by which our minds are subject to bagtle by others.

It is well researched, drawing on information and studies from many areas. Jul 15, Jeremy rated it really liked it.

British actress Celia Imrie was admitted to St Batfle Hospital when she was fourteen for the treatment of anorexia under the care of Sargant. In addition he states: He wrote in his standard textbook An introduction to physical methods of treatment in psychiatry: Why does batle POW sign a “confession” that he knows is false?

He did not excel academically but played fkr for St John’s College, was president of Cambridge University Medical Society and collected autographs of famous medical men. He was president of the section of psychiatry at the Royal Society of Medicine inand was a founding member of the World Psychiatric Association. Battle for the Mind. Chad King rated xargant it was amazing Nov 16, I read this book for a freshmen seminar class at UC Berkeley.


Fro may be seeing here a new exciting beginning in psychiatry and the possibility of a treatment era such as followed the introduction of anaesthesia in surgery”. Conditioned behaviour patterns could be changed by stimulated stresses beyond a dog’s capacity for response, in essence causing a breakdown. His ambition to be a physician was thwarted by a disastrous piece of research and a nervous breakdown, after which he turned his attention to psychiatry.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. Dave Getzinger rated it really liked it Jun 21, These and other compelling questions are discussed in this definitive work by William Sargant.

William Sargant

Stacey Douglas rated it liked it Apr 30, If you think Pavlov’s experiments were only about dog salivating on a bell sound, satgant this book will help you get up to speed with Transmarginal inhibition, paradoxical and ultra-paradoxical states. Sep 08, Joanne St. A really amazing look at how the human mind can be manipulated by various circumstances. In the book he refers extensively to religious phenomena and in particular Christian Methodismemphasising the apparent need ofr those who would change people’s minds to first excite them, as did the founder of Methodism, John Wesley.

William Sargant worked with both British and American intelligence agencies in mind control programs. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. From Tue, the free encyclopedia. Refresh and try again.