Category Archives: 1940s

ECT: what do you wake up from?

When someone undergoes electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), what do they wake up or come round from afterwards? Some patient information leaflets are explicit:  “They [qualified staff] can help you with the process of waking up from the anaesthetic…” (Royal College of … Continue reading

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Professor David’s research and a sad glimpse of the past

In my last post I mentioned the large number of publications that psychiatrist Anthony David has his name on. Anthony David is professor of mental health director and Sackler chair UCL Institute of Mental Health and the UCL web-page lists … Continue reading

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ECT: back to the fifties

A recent episode of the popular TV series, Call the Midwife, set in the late 1950s to early 1960s, included a story-line about Sister Cynthia, a young midwife and nun, who became depressed after being attacked when out at night, … Continue reading

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How ECT works: 51 theories

A couple of weeks ago headlines about research on electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) research in Aberdeen, Scotland, in which nine people (two-thirds of whom were men, a reversal of real life where over two-thirds of those undergoing ECT Scotland are women) had functional … Continue reading

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