Description: Unlike some books on electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) , this manual provides a brief introduction to many of the vital aspects of the indications, assessment, work-up, and management of patients referred for this psychiatric procedure.
Purpose: This is intended as a condensed and practical manual for those interested in the theory and practice of ECT for various psychiatric conditions.
Audience: Though beneficial even for those currently practicing ECT, this book's main audience is individuals learning about this often misunderstood and underappreciated treatment, including medical students, psychiatric or anesthesia residents, and psychiatrists and other mental health professionals who treat the mentally ill.
Features: Beginning with a chapter on the history of ECT and progressing through referral, evaluation, technique, and cardiovascular response, the book ends with a step-by-step outline of ECT administration. Chapters are relatively short, but informative, and they use numerous pictures, diagrams, tables, and graphs. Four appendixes contain valuable educational information.
Assessment: The beauty of this book is the authors' ability to condense volumes of information into a manageable format without shortchanging readers. The chapter with instructions on performing ECT is excellent, and the patient information and consent forms in the appendixes are particularly valuable. This will be a useful reference for anyone involved in the referral for or treatment of psychiatrically ill patients with ECT.