Category Archives: ECT in the UK

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An inquisition of lunacy, where a person’s soundness of mind was tried before a jury and a Master in Lunacy, sounds archaic – indeed they date from 1324. Wealthy families would petition for an inquisition to protect their estates (or, … Continue reading

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Charles Kellner visits London

In my last post I wrote about American psychiatrist Charles Kellner, only to find that he will be visiting London later this month to talk at two ECT training days at the Royal College of Psychiatrists. In the United Kingdom … Continue reading

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ECT and young men

In the United Kingdom, as in other Western countries, women and older people are overrepresented in electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) statistics. The most recent figures from the Royal College of Psychiatrists show that about two-thirds of ECT patients are women and … Continue reading

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ECT, Mental Health Today and NHS Digital

Mental Health Today (MHT) has been trying to get some statistics about electroconvulsive (ECT) use from NHS Digital. Although MHT asks for donations on their website, it is not a charity but rather a publishing company, Pavilion Publishing and Media … Continue reading

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The BBC celebrates 80 years of ECT

The BBC decided to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the first use of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) with an article: The surprising benefits of electroconvulsive therapy. The author, science graduate Alex L. Riley, is fairly new to writing and is working … Continue reading

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ECT on BBC Radio 4: the wrong numbers

Today’s edition of Start the Week was subtitled “Altered Minds” and included a rather incongruous piece about electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). The programme makers had tried to tie it in with a piece about psychedelic drugs, which according to the programme were … Continue reading

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Ewen Cameron: more legal cases

News came a few months ago that a woman in Canada had received compensation from the Canadian government for the damaging treatment her mother had been given by psychiatrist Ewen Cameron at the Allan Memorial Institute at McGill University in … Continue reading

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