Category Archives: ECT in the media

ECT news in Queensland

Queensland, Australia, seems to feature frequently on this blog, considering it is not a very large place (population about 4.7 million). It has a high use of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), both with and without consent. The latest case to hit … Continue reading

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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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ECT in the Scottish Daily Mail

Today (8 January 2018) the Scottish Daily Mail ran a feature about electroconvulsive therapy, which can be seen here. The author, home affairs editor Graham Grant, talks about an investigation and it looks as if he has sent off some freedom … Continue reading

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ECT in the Independent

On 4 December 2017 the Independent online published an article about electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) by Robyn Wilson: “Electroconvulsive therapy is still being used today”. While the title is true, the subtitle begins to mislead: “One of the most controversial treatments could … Continue reading

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ECT in the Scientific American

The Scientific American website has published (27 November 2017) an article about electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), “Neuroscience: Beyond the Cuckoo’s Nest: The Quest for Why Shock Therapy Can Work”, by R. Douglas Fields. The subtitle says: “Nearly 90 years old, electroconvulsive therapy can … Continue reading

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ECT in England 2011-2015

The journal of the British Psychological Society, Psychology and Psychotherapy: theory, research and practice, has published an article about the use of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) in England (An audit of ECT in England 2011-2015: Usage, demographics, and adherence to guidelines … Continue reading

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