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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 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 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


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 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