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Electroshock Revisited

Electroconvulsive therapy, once vilified, is slowly receiving greater interest and use in the treatment of mental illness

Max Fink

Electroshock, also known as electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), is among the more effective techniques now used in the treatment of various mental disorders, including depression and schizophrenia. Despite electroshock’s efficacy, the public’s perception of the technique has limited the extent to which electroshock has been employed. Psychiatrist Max Fink, a pioneer in the technique, reviews the history of electroshock and considers some hypotheses about its mechanism of action.


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