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Audits of electroconvulsive therapy

Prathap Tharyan


Abstract

Waikar et al. in their diatribe against ECT (electroconvulsive therapy) in general, and unmodified or direct ECT in particular, were shocked that our institutional ethics committee permitted an 11-year ‘study’ of unmodified ECT, where patients whose ‘fearful refusal of a hazardous and life-threatening procedure’ were ‘considered as a mere symptom of insanity, and further treated with sedatives’.

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