George C. (Constantine) Lyketsos

Male 1917 - 2011  (94 years)

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  • Name George C. (Constantine) Lyketsos 
    Born 11 Jan 1917  Greece Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 20 Aug 2011  Greece Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • George Lyketsos, 321 New Central Park Ave., Chicago IL, flew from London to New York on a B.O.A.C. flight arriving 22 Sep 1951
    • MD, FRCPsych; Athens, 1974-1989; Medical Director, Dromokaition Mental Hospital, 1947-1985. According to his son, he lived through the transition to modern psychiatry and was a pioneer in human subject research in an era before regulation.
    • excerpt from The Story of My Life (1998) by George C. Lyketsos

      The first patient finds himself. And then the time came for the great trial…of ECT [Electroconvulsive therapy] in a patient. Thinking of those days I am surprised by my confidence. I had no doubt things would go well. I chose for the trial patient X who had been lost to the world…nobody had shown any interest in him for many years…That morning in March 1946…(the staff) brought X. He was catatonic…We laid him down on a sofa and placed the electrodes on his temples which we had already rubbed with salted water… I pressed the button for 10ths of seconds. A jerk followed… I increased the intensity…I pressed the button for a longer duration and after a few seconds the seizure happened. We became scared as the patient turned blue. We fell onto him to provide artificial respiration. Quickly, breathing returned and we took him to the ward where he fell asleep. Later we visited him. He had awakened and was active… I asked him “How are you?” and he ANSWERED “fine.” This gave us courage and we repeated the ECT after two days. After that we were able to communicate enough to find out who his relatives where who came to visit. He is the phenomenon and I think he still lives at Dromokaition. In total he had ten ECT. It did not cure him, but he was able to live at the level of social life of a developed psychiatric hospital.

      presented by his son, Constantine G. Lyketsos, "The Scientist as a Responsible Member of Society:A Personal Perspective on Research Integrity," Dean's Research Integrity Lectures, School of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University, 21 Sep 2011.
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