The electric chair, psychiatric electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) and the death penalty

On 6 August 1890, a form of execution called the electric chair was used for the first time in the United States. The first person executed was William Kemmler. Nine years later, in 1899, the first woman, Martha M. Place, was executed in Sing Sing Prison.

But it was not until 45 years later,…

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