Johann Christian Reil first coined the term psychiatry 202 years ago, suggested, ‘Why not try plunging the lunatic into a bath full of live eels? This is bound to prompt a reaction. Or what about showing them a Katzenklavier, or cat-clavichord? (an instrument played by pressing keys attached to nails which in turn strike the tails of a series of cats arranged with care so as to miaow in tonally sequenced pain.)
Yeah, recover from that!
Psychiatry has such lovely great-granddaddies to its current torture regimes.
202 years of psychiatric torture! Yay! Bring back the Katzenklavier for all those who believe that it’s a cat parasite that caused their schizophrenia for the party celebrations!
Bloody hell. Who in their right mind would quote Reil as an example to be looked up to? Torture advocating idiots!
Being recruited into psychiatry? You’ll be a right proper torturer soon, if that’s your direction!

Initially NO enjoys reading poems in pubs and other venues around Melbourne and will be running West Word in Footscray this year. A poetry group that meets at the Dancing Dog cafe 2pm every 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month.
She also enjoys painting and music and has produced several books available on internet book sites like createspace.

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