This volume traces the historical development of convulsive therapy and explores its physiological, ethical, political, biochemical, neuroanatomical, and clinical aspects. The author covers such diverse topics as the prediction of treatment response, the results of sham ECT studies, patients' attitudes towards the treatment, neuropsychological and cognitive effects, the nature of ECT stimulus, medico-legal considerations, and theories concerning its mechanism of action. In full accordance with the American Psychiatric Association's guidelines for the practice of ECT, this resource is a reference and guide for those who practice, perform, or assist with ECT.
- Hardback | 391 pages
- 152.4 x 223.52 x 35.56mm | 204.12g
- 31 Jul 1997
- Oxford University Press Inc
- New York, United States
- 3rd Revised edition
- 25 line drawings, bibliography
About Richard Abrams
Richard Abrams, M.D., is Professor of Psychiatry at The Chicago Medical School. He has conducted clinical and basic science research on ECT for more than a quarter of a century, during which time he has authored over 70 articles, books, and chapters on the subject. Dr. Abrams is also a widely-respected lecturer, whose many dozens of conferences and workshops on ECT have been enthusiastically received by thousands of practitioners attending them over the years. He has been a member of the Editorial Board of the journal Convulsive Therapy since its inception. Dr. Abrams also has numerous ECT-related patents to his credit, and is President of Somatics, Inc., a firm that manufactures and distributes the Thymatron ECT device.
Table of contents
1: History of Electroconvulsive Therapy. 2: Efficacy of Electroconvulsive Therapy. 3: Prediction of Response to Electroconvulsive Therapy. 4: The Medical Physiology of Electroconvulsive Therapy. 5: Electroconvulsive Therapy in the High-Risk Patient. 6: The Electroconvulsive Therapy Stimulus. 7: Unilateral Electroconvulsive Therapy. 8: Technique of Electroconvulsive Therapy: Theory. 9: Technique of Electroconvulsive Therapy: Praxis. 10: Memory and Cognitive Functioning After Electroconvulsive Therapy. 11: Neurochemical Correlates. 12: Patients' Attitudes, Legal-Regulatory issues, and Informed Consent. References. Index