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Greg de Moore: “John Cade – Finding Sanity”

September 7 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Greg de Moore, Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Westmead Hospital, will be talking about John Cade, the Australian veteran who revolutionised mental health treatment.thumbnail of 09 – Greg de Moore

In an age where the standard treatment for psychosis was electroconvulsive therapy, John Cade developed a revolutionary treatment.  He had been a prisoner of war in Changi.  During the post-war years he worked at an asylum for veterans with mental illness.  His experiences in Changi suggested to him that the origin of some psychiatric disorders might lie within the body, in the presence or absence of something in the brain’s chemistry.  This was a radical idea at the time.

John began to treat a particularly manic patient by giving him doses of lithium (a simple mineral salt, dug from the ground) and the patient’s sanity was soon restored.  This was a profound breakthrough.

Our monthly talks are held at the City of Canada Bay Museum, 1 Bent Street, Concord at 1:30 for 2:00 pm start.  They are open to everyone who would like to attend.  Entry is free but donations are always welcome.  See poster for full details and please feel free to forward on to anyone you think might be interested.  Everyone welcome.

You are invited to join us after the talk for light refreshments and a chance to chat with the speaker and with our members.


September 7
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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