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)