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Fig 6.2 – Tranquiller Chair

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Rush believed that individuals with mental illness should be treated with heroic medicine, along with coercion, restraint, and physical punishment. He believed that mental disturbance was caused by poor blood circulation and by an overheated brain. This is symbolized by his advocacy for some of the most brutal treatments of mental illness in history; most specifically spinning therapy and the infamous tranquilizer chair.

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