INSULIN COMA THERAPY
As far as Insulin Coma Therapy goes
Insulin coma therapy (ICT) came to the U.S. from central Europe at the end of the 1930s. It was introduced at the same time as convulsive therapy (ECT, electroshock). The treatments were unpleasant and dangerous. They were given without anesthesia. The ICT mortality rate varied from 1% to 10% of patients treated. Prolonged coma, in which the patient did not respond to the administration of glucose, was a constant threat. ECT was safer, with lower mortality rates, but patients suffered fractures, severe memory loss, and spontaneous seizures.
In 1957, when insulin coma treatment use was already declining, the Lancet published the results of a randomized, controlled trial where patients were either given insulin coma treatment or identical treatment but with unconsciousness produced by barbiturates. Leonard Roy Frank, an American human rights activist and survivor of 50 forced insulin coma treatments combined with ECT has described the treatment as “the most devastating, painful and humiliating experience of my life”, a “flat-out atrocity” glossed over by psychiatric euphemism, and a violation of basic human rights.
I noticed there are many articles from the medical profession minimizing the effects of these treatment. Of course the articles are done by people who have never had this barbaric surgery or coma Therapy done to them. Seeing as I have I think I have a lot more right to speak out about this than they do.