Category Archives: Electrical parameters

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 The Times and Kansas City

Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) was given a mention in a column written by Matthew Parris in The Times last week (24 March 2021). Someone had sent him a copy of the recent audit of ECT by Professor John Read and others, … Continue reading

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ECT in the BJP: a small world

The British Journal of Psychiatry has just (March 2021) published an article with the title “Electroconvulsive therapy for depression: 80 years of progress”. I do not have access to the article so will limit my comments to the authors, the … Continue reading

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ECT in Peterborough

BMC Psychiatry has just published an article about electroconvulsive treatment (ECT) from a team in Peterborough, UK.* The authors describe “an unusual case of a female patient with severe depression who did not respond to ECT until the 11th session, … Continue reading

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ECT and klazomania

The March 2019 edition of the Journal of ECT included a letter from J. Bourgeois, D. Li and A. Hategan (affiliated to institutions in Texas, California and Ontario, Canada) on a case of “recurrent klazomania responsive to acute plus maintenance … Continue reading

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ECT at the Science Museum

Last year (June 2019) the Science Museum in London added an article to its website on “‘Heroic therapies’ in psychiatry.” The therapies in question are insulin coma therapy, chemical shock therapy, psychosurgery and electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). There is a picture of … Continue reading

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Professor McLoughlin and the global burden

In my last post I wrote about research coming out of Trinity College, Dublin, the results of which were published in The Journal of ECT (June 2019) with the title “Ketamine versus midazolam for depression relapse prevention following successful electroconvulsive therapy: a … Continue reading

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ECT: broken bones are not entirely a thing of the past

You might think that the risk of broken bones during electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) has been overcome by the use of muscle paralysing drugs such as succinylcholine. To a large extent this is true, but not completely, as a letter in … Continue reading

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Another mention of ECT in The New Yorker

The 25 February 2019 edition of The New Yorker magazine included an article by Sam Knight with the title “The psychiatrist who believed people could tell the future”. It was about John Barker, a British psychiatrist who was interested in … Continue reading

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ECT in Eastern Europe

I wrote in a recent post that we hear little about the use of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) in Eastern Europe. Hungarian psychiatrist Gábor Gazdag however regularly produces articles about ECT and in 2017 published a review of the literature about … Continue reading

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