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From The CriticsReviewer: Nishad J. Nadkarni, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: Based on the APA Taskforce on Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT), this is a guide to the most current recommendations for practitioners of this treatment modality.
Purpose: ECT is often seen by practitioners as the treatment of "last resort." Through a systematic and cogent presentation of work done by the APA Taskforce, the authors attempt to present guidelines to demystify this procedure.
Audience: This book is primarily targeted at practitioners of ECT as well as psychiatric trainees seeking credentialing in this area. However, it should be a part of all psychiatrists' libraries as a current reference on this treatment modality.
Features: Supported by a comprehensive and pertinent index, this work offers an exhaustive set of current recommendations regarding the indications, contraindications, and actual practice of ECT. It covers all aspects of the procedure, including a long look at medicolegal and patient issues. The limited number of line diagrams are helpful, though schematic representations of EEG tracings are not adequately represented.
Assessment: Any practitioner of ECT must own this book, and be thoroughly familiar with its contents. As an outgrowth of work done by the APA Taskforce on ECT, it presents "standard of practice" recommendations on this procedure. In its second edition, it is highly current. Even psychiatrists who do not personally conduct ECT treatments will find it useful as a reference.