January 12, 2008

Electroshock: scientific, ethical, and political issues

Electroconvulsive treatment (ECT) is increasingly used in North America and there are attempts to further its use world-wide. However, most controlled studies of efficacy in depression indicate the treatment is no better than placebo, with no positive effect on the rate of suicide. International Journal of Risk and Safety in Medicine 11 (1998) 5-40.