Category Archives: ECT worldwide

Lake Alice: who was Selwyn Leeks?

Who was Selwyn Leeks, the psychiatrist who ran the Lake Alice child and adolescent unit during its short existence from 1972 to 1978? Was there, I wondered, anything in his background that would throw light on his subsequent career and … Continue reading

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Lake Alice: history

In June 2021 the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Abuse in Care in New Zealand between 1950 and 1999 spent two weeks hearing evidence about what occurred at the Lake Alice Child and Adolescent Unit in the 1970s.  “The Inquiry … Continue reading

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ECT at Lake Alice: a team of maggots

I have written here about psychiatrist Selwyn Leeks and the use of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) on children and young people at Lake Alice Hospital in New Zealand in the 1970s. On Monday 14 June 2021 a Royal Commission on Abuse … Continue reading

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ECT for agression in dementia in Canada

I used to have a postcard from Oxfam which said something along the lines of “I don’t know whether to be a shining example or a dreadful warning” and I am sometimes reminded of these words when reading “case reports” … Continue reading

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ECT in Texas 2019/20

Texas Health and Human Services have recently published (April 2021) their annual statistics on the use of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). “ECT providers submitted 2,645 ECT reports and administered 16,895 treatments to patients across all four quarters of fiscal year 2020.” … Continue reading

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ECT for URS in France

I have written before (here) about the use of abbreviations in psychiatry. This post concerns a clinical trial in France in which the authors have a penchant for the use of abbreviations: SURECT, ECT, URS, PANSS, BPRS, HAMD-21, YMRS, CGI, … Continue reading

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ECT $$$

There is an interesting thread on The Student Doctor Network about the profitability of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). One contributor to the discussion, posting in September 2019, says: “I think ECT has the potential to be extremely lucrative, but the challenge … Continue reading

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Precision ECT

There is something in the Netherlands called The Precision Electroconvulsive Therapy Consortium. The consortium consists of three women and six men, although electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) in Western countries is generally given to more women than men. They have recently been … Continue reading

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Back to Chelmsford: the verdict

Earlier this year I wrote about a court case in Australia in which two doctors who used deep sleep treatment (DST) and electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) at Chelmsford private hospital in Sydney were suing the author and publishers (Steve Cannane and … Continue reading

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ECT for parkinsonism-hyperpyrexia

In October 2020 the Norwegian medical journal Tijdskriftet published an article about a man in his fifties with Parkinson’s disease who was given electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) (“A man in his fifties with increasing motor fluctuations, sleep impairment and altered mental … Continue reading

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