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Vyacheslav Davidov Vyacheslav Davidov (Gregory Warner)

Can fear change you for the better? Gregory Warner from Marketplace takes us to a clinic in Russia that aims to scare patients sober--with a pill called "the torpedo." Vyacheslav Davidov, the doctor who runs the clinic, describes the treatment and makes a case for the therapeutic powers of terror. Anna Masterova translates, and tells us about her late uncle--who turned to a very similar treatment to manage his own drinking. Cultural and medical anthropologist Eugene Raikhel helps explain the procedure, and why it isn't likely to catch on in the US. 


Comments [9]

scout from NYC

Anatabuse aka Disulfiram has been used in the West for decades. Helped me stop drinking. Highly recommended.

Aug. 30 2015 09:46 PM

Um, antabuse has been used in the US for years.

Jan. 25 2014 02:55 AM
Juliet from Chicago

Where is the treatment facility? How much would it cost? Can Dr do it in USA? e-mail

May. 27 2013 09:03 AM

This sounds like the plot line from A Clockwork Orange, and all the questions of free will brought up in that movie are brought up in this story.

Sep. 30 2012 06:49 PM

I was surprised that there was no mention of the use of disulfiram in the US to treat chronic alcoholism in the form of the drug Antabuse. While the consequences are not as severe as the Russian method was reported to be, the implication that disulfiram is a purely Russian therapy is misleading.

Jan. 05 2012 05:21 PM
Cheryl Kreiser

....and I quote, "her and Mary".

May. 07 2011 04:34 PM

DNSF: the song is "Hey Here We Go" by the UMC's, from their album "The Fruits of Nature."

Apr. 22 2011 07:46 PM

This is another music related question: at the end of the final segment (The Fear in Me), lietrally before the final credits 56:45 through 57:00, there is a faint Hip Hop track that fades in and out like a ghost. I could not hear lyrics or a rhyme long enough for me to go all out on a google search (which inevitably always lands me the name of Artist/Song 95% of the time). Does anyone have an a clue?

Mar. 10 2011 06:41 PM

Wow, great segment guys. This entire episode was of the solidity of this segment.
P.S. First!

Mar. 09 2011 03:36 AM

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