Electroconvulsive Therapy / Edition 4

Electroconvulsive Therapy / Edition 4

by Richard Abrams
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Oxford University Press, USA


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Electroconvulsive Therapy / Edition 4

In this fully-revised fourth edition of what has long been the standard textbook for the field, Dr. Richard Abrams once again demonstrates his unique ability to analyze and present a wealth of new(and often technical) material in a lucid, compelling, and highly readable fashion. Hundreds of new clinical studies called from the more than 1500 published since the third edition appeared have been analyzed in depth and incorporated throughout the book.
An important new chapter has been added on Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation(TMS) therapy, a treatment for depression that is widely-used in Europe and expected to become available soon for clinical use in the United States. Dr. Abrams exposes the scientific flaws in several widely-cited reports, while focusing on the few carefully-controlled studies that provide solid support for the results claimed.
The sections on the electrical stimulus, seizing introduction, seizure quality, and treatment electrode placement have been completely revised and updated with new information on those clinical and technical issues that are presently of greatest concern to practitioners and researchers. A comprehensive critical assessment of the nature of the seizure threshold and the validity of the stimulus titration method for ECT dosing is presented for the first time, with conclusions and recommendations that many will find surprising.
The continued controversy over the relative efficacies of unilateral and bitemporal ECT is revisited in light of the latest dosing strategies and treatment outcomes reported, and of the latest results obtained with bifrontal ECT. The potential clinical and theoretical advantages of the recently-rediscovered technique of ultrabrief pulse therapy are explained in detail. The chapter on the memory and cognitive consequences of ECT has been expanded to focus on the subjective memory effects of treatment, with new analysis of the possible biological basis for the improvement in subjective memory so often reported. Recently-published claims of persistent or permanent memory effects of ECT are refuted in detail.
In full accordance with the American Psychiatric Association's new guidelines for the practice of ECT, Dr. Abrams' book remains the essential practical guide and reference work for all those who prescribe, perform, or assist with ECT, or are interested in learning more about the subject.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780195148206
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 01/28/2002
Edition description: REV
Pages: 344
Sales rank: 357,536
Product dimensions: 9.30(w) x 6.10(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

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, Seizure Introduction, and SDeizure Quality
7. Treatment Electrode Placement: Bitemporal, Unilateral, Bifrontal
8. Technique of Electroconvulsive Therapy: Theory
9. Technique of Electroconvulsive Therapy: Praxis
10. Memory and Cognitive Functioning After Electroconvulsive Therapy
11. Neurobioogical Correlates and Mechanisms
12. Patients' Attitudes, Medicolegal Considerations, and Informed Consent
13. Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Therapy (TMS)

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