Category Archives: ECT machines

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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The FDA and electroconvulsive therapy

Last week an advisory panel of the United States’ Food and Drug Administration (FDA) voted to keep electroconvulsive therapy devices in class III, the high-risk category which will require them to undergo further testing for safety and efficacy. This is … Continue reading

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How Britain switched to brief pulse ECT

When electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) was invented in the 1930s the machines used sine wave (ordinary household) current, and the two electrodes were put one on either side of the patient’s head. And that is the way most people who have had ECT … Continue reading

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Ectron Ltd: how the company emerged from experiments in a British asylum

In the early days of  electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), while some psychiatrists were trying to find ways to reduce the memory loss associated with the treatment, others were going off in the opposite direction and experimenting with “intensified ECT”. One of … Continue reading

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Ectron Ltd: speed is of the essence, still

One of the selling points of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) when it was introduced in the late 1930s (and had to compete with existing chemical methods of inducing convulsions) was the speed and ease of its use. Writing in The Lancet … Continue reading

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Ectron Ltd: they have seen the future and it’s not ECT

Or, at least, it is not just ECT (electroconvulsive therapy). After decades of concentrating on one product – ECT machines – Ectron Ltd of Letchworth has branched out and is now the UK distributor for a variety of medical devices. In fact, … Continue reading

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