Category Archives: Legal cases

ECT without consent in Victoria, Australia

The Supreme Court of Victoria, Australia, has today (14 August 2017) been hearing a case involving electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) brought by Victoria Legal Aid.  Two people who did not want ECT had the treatment ordered by the Mental Health Tribunal, … Continue reading

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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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Was William Sargant an evil CIA doctor? (part 2)

In my last post I commented on the fact that British psychiatrist William Sargant seems to have acquired a reputation as a CIA psychiatrist although there is – to date – no evidence to support the claim that he worked … Continue reading

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Electroconvulsive therapy: old and new

Carrie Fisher recently talked about her experience of undergoing electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) on the Oprah Winfrey show: “Did you see One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest? Well, it’s not like that.” She went on, apparently, to say she’s put to … Continue reading

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A cautionary tale

It would be tempting to think, as the numbers of people being given electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) in the United Kingdom decrease year on year and the protocols for its administration become ever lengthier, that people have become safe from the kind … Continue reading

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