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Winchester’s Memoir on Madness

Books: Fred Baumgarten

Simon Winchester, the Berkshires-based polymath and best-selling author (“The Professor and the Madman”; “The Map That Changed the World”), has written a slim volume in electronic form only titled “The Man With the Electrified Brain: Adventures in Madness.”

It is a personal, confessional memoir about Winchester’s experience with sudden, incapacitating mental illness in his 20s and treatment with ECT (Electroconvulsive Therapy), also called shock treatment.

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