Category Archives: 1950s

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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More about Dr Woodland and ECT

In a previous post I mentioned a British GP (general practitioner) who had given his patients more than 10,000 electroconvulsive treatments over a twenty year period. Which twenty years? Richard Woodland’s use of ECT came to prominence in 1984, when … Continue reading

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ECT 60 years ago

This month we have been celebrating the Queen’s golden jubilee and there has been a lot in the media about how life has changed over the past 60 years. The BBC for example told people that “Sixty years ago, when the Queen came … Continue reading

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Electroconvulsive therapy: old and new

Carrie Fisher recently talked about her experience of undergoing electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) on the Oprah Winfrey show: “Did you see One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest? Well, it’s not like that.” She went on, apparently, to say she’s put to … Continue reading

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