Electroconvulsive Therapy: Something for Everyone

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1994, Vol 39(1), 39–40. Reviews the book, The Clinical Science of Electroconvulsive Therapy edited by C. Edward Coffey (1993). The Clinical Science of Electroconvulsive Therapy is number 38 in the “Progress in Psychiatry” series from the American Psychiatric Press (AP Press). This series is the result of a collaboration between the American Psychiatric Association's (APA's) Scientific Program Committee and the AP Press, which “allows us to publish and capture some of the best symposia [from the annual APA meeting] and thus provide an in-depth treatment of specific areas that might not otherwise be presented in broader review formats.” This volume certainly fulfills that stated aim. The Clinical Science of Electroconvulsive Therapy provides something for readers of virtually all mental health backgrounds and disciplines. Early chapters challenge with empirical data the inaccurate perceptions that ECT causes structural brain damage and devastating permanent memory loss. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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