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Saturday, January 5, 2008

Excellent Review of A History of Electroconvulsive Treatment in Mental Illness



Ordered this book long ago, it is now underway. Hope to receive it next week. Until than here is a review of the book on globalandmail.com: Simply shocking

Shock Therapy: A History of Electroconvulsive Treatment in Mental Illness, by Edward Shorter and David Healy, tracks the rise, fall and current return to grace of ECT. Though the authors claim it is a "careful ... fair and comprehensive investigation of ECT," it is hardly evenhanded. Rather, it is a polemic reproaching forces that the authors claim stood in the path of ECT during its dark days of reduced use, and a vindication of its stalwart supporters.


Here is another short mentioning of the book and some additional content on the relationship between depression and neurogenesis on The Frontal Cortex

On Slate.com:The Body Electric's New LookWhy shock therapy deserves its mini-revival there is another eview by Barron H. Lerner about this book.

By the way even Mind Hacks has a recent post about ECT, ECT is hot these dark days. This description is accurate.


Hope to write my own review in the next few weeks. Mean while enjoy.

Shock Therapy: The History of Electroconvulsive Treatment in Mental Illness by Edward Shorter, David Healy.
Publisher: Rutgers University Press; 1 edition (September 30, 2007)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0813541697
ISBN-13: 978-0813541693



2 comments:

Jan Martens said...

I ordered the book at Amazon in the US and received the book two months ago. During Christmas I was finally able to read the book. Shorter knows how to write and gives a lot of information. But I agree with the review on globeandmail.com. I am not always convinced by the arguments put forward. The chapter about new therapies such as TMS and VNS was especially interesting for me, since I am going to write my master thesis about this. Luckily this is a relatively short chapter, so hopefully I will be able to digg up more interesting material.

Dr. Shock said...

Dear Jan,
I must have lost paying attention to this book, hope to receive it soon.
Abrams has a chapter on TMS in his recent book about ECT.
Regards Dr Shock