The Not-Shocking Truth About Electroconvulsive Therapy

In the 1975 film adaptation of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, the character of Randle McMurphy, played by Jack Nicholson, is sent for electroconvulsive therapy as punishment for his rebellious behaviour at the psychiatric hospital where he’s serving his jail term. The scene is difficult to watch – McMurphy is physically restrained by a crowd of aides as his body convulses in a stream of violent seizures.

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