Category Archives: 1970s

ECT and the machine that wasn’t switched on

On 22 January 2018 the Birmingham Mail published an obituary of Tamworth GP Dr John Weston Smith, who had died aged 95. The obituary mentioned that he had provided anaesthesia for electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) at St. Matthews Hospital in Burntwood. … Continue reading

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ECT and narcosis on Buzzfeed

On March 17 2018 Buzzfeed published a story by news reporter Hannah Al-Othman about a woman who in 1972 had undergone narcosis and electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) at St Thomas’ Hospital in London. Eleanor (not her real name) had been 22 … Continue reading

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The inquiry into St Augustine’s Hospital: a postcript

In a previous post I wrote about the 1976 inquiry into St Augustine’s Hospital, Chartham, Kent. Three years after the publication of the report of the committee of inquiry the chairman of the committee, J. Hampden Inskip, together with psychiatrist … Continue reading

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ECT and consent in East Kent

The British Journal of Medicine recently published a case report of a woman who, over a period of 60 years, had been given an estimated 400 electroconvulsive treatments (Electroconvulsive therapy: a life course approach for recurrent depressive disorder by Sarah … 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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Lake Alice and the Ectron machine

While I was looking for information about the use of ECT (electroconvulsive therapy) in New Zealand I was reminded of Lake Alice and the legal case of former child patients. Lake Alice was a psychiatric hospital (closed in 1999) in … Continue reading

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ECT at Stobhill Hospital

Last week I posted something about how Stobhill Hospital in Glasgow, Scotland, had been in the headlines for having given a woman bilateral electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) when she had been prescribed, and consented to, unilateral. It is not the first … Continue reading

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