Walter gets a little of his own back in this one. I’m planning to make it longer for the book because when I started it I didn’t know about some other treatments, like refrigeration therapy, which is just what it sounds like.

It’s funny to me that electroconvulsive therapy is still regarded with terror and suspicion, although it truly helps some people, while no one remembers the horrible Metrazol, which helped no one and was, to judge from contemporary reports, equivalent to torture. The paradox of these treatments seems to be that only the ones that worked, even slightly, gained enough acceptance to be remembered after becoming obsolete; the ones that didn’t work at all, and were therefore the most horrific, are simply forgotten.