A comprehensive discussion of electroconvulsive therapy by a distinguished clinician-researcher, this fine work traces the technique’s development from the 16th century to the present, and offers a step-by-step guide to the treatment sequence. The author describes the general medical and cerebral physiology of ECT, the treatment of high-risk patients, memory and cognitive effects of unilateral and bilateral ECT from a neuropsychological perspective, biochemical theories concerning the mechanism of action, and practical treatment techniques. Many references supplement the text.
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