Category Archives: Electrical parameters

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 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 the Swedish National Quality Register

When John Read and co-authors were recently researching the use of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) in England they had to send out requests for information to individual trusts (a hospital or group of hospitals) under the Freedom of Information Act. Some trusts … Continue reading

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Bismarck, wet leaves, cheap wine, and a nun

Last month (September 2017) the National Health Service in England issued official guidance for general practitioners (GPs) on older people and mental health (Mental Health in Older People: A Practice Primer). The guidance is written by four psychiatrists and a … Continue reading

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ECT and ketamine: the published results

Two groups of psychiatrists in the United Kingdom have been carrying out studies on the use of ketamine during ECT, one group in Scotland and the other in England. I have featured the studies here, here, here, here and here. Both … Continue reading

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ECT at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Gateshead

On 11 March 2016 the Daily Mirror reported on an inquest into the death of a 71 year old woman who died following electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), given at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Gateshead. Elsie Tindle was deemed to lack capacity … Continue reading

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The FDA and ECT: nothing new under the sun

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the United States has issued one of their periodic proposals to reclassify ECT machines in a lower risk category (for treating depression in adults). The draft guidance document contains recommendations (nothing legally binding) on how … Continue reading

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