Most of the material for this issue was gathered together by Cheryl Prax who campaigns against electroconvulsive therapy (ECT).
Included are pieces which discuss the bio-electrical realities, the so-said efficacy, the harmful ‘side effects’, and the social and judicial aspects of this controversial psychiatric treatment; mixed in are a number of accounts of what it is like to be subjected to shock treatment. The reader can judge whether ECT should be permitted – as a useful ‘last resort’ – or opposed – as always a barbaric and harmful means of psychiatric coercion. But first we must announce the death of a founder of this magazine: Alec Jenner.
ALEC JENNER OBITUARY Phil Virden
ELECTROCONVULSIVE THERAPY (ECT) Dr Peter Breggin
ELECTROSHOCK AT BELLEVUE, AGE SIX Ted Chabasinski
LEONARD ROY FRANK: ELECTROSHOCK SURVIVOR AND EDITOR
ECT & MY LOST LIFE James Oakes
ECT – THE LAST TORTURE IN CIVILISED SOCIETY Sharon Racklyeft
ECT: THE MYTH OF INFORMED CONSENT Evelyn Scogin
SHOCK TREATMENT FOR AN EATING DISORDER? Julie Greene
ELECTROSHOCK Mary Maddock
ECT … & FIGHTING BACK Deirdre Oliver
WHY IS ECT STILL IN USE? Lin Bigwood
SHOCK IS PERSONAL AND CRIMINAL Don Weitz
EXTRACTS FROM PETER BREGGIN’S BLOG IN THE HUFFINGTON POST
• ELECTROSHOCK FOR CHILDREN & INVOLUNTARY ADULTS (30 JAN 2009)
• NEW STUDY CONFIRMS ECT CAUSES BRAIN DAMAGE (9 APRIL 2012)
• UK STEALTH ECT PSYCHIATRIST IN THE MOVEMENT FOR PSYCHIATRIC REFORM
CARRIE BURNS KB
MAYDAY – DOCTORS WHO CAN’T WAIT
ECT: ‘THERAPY’ BY HARM Phli Virden
ECT SURVIVOR Dena Roland
RISKS OF ECT IN PREGNANCY Cheryl Prax
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