Ethics in Electroconvulsive Therapy

Ethics in Electroconvulsive Therapy

by Jan-Otto Ottosson, Max Fink

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Ethics in Electroconvulsive Therapy by Jan-Otto Ottosson, Max Fink

Few mental illness treatments are more reviled in the public mind than Electroconvulsive Shock Therapy. However, in reality, ECT is a safe and effective treatment for cases of clinical depression and catatonia that are unresponsive to drug therapy. Also, unlike drugs, ECT has relatively few side effects. The authors argue that it is time for this historically stigmatized procedure to be reevaluated.

The authors make a strong case for greater professional and public attention to the procedure's benefits, offering historical coverage of ECT-related movements, legislation, public and practitioner sentiment and the introduction of competing treatments. This volume will not only garner the interest of mental health professionals, but will call on policy makers and ethicists to examine its arguments.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780415946599
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 08/01/2004
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 168
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Preface. The Stigmatization Of ECT. Principles Of Medical Ethics. Previous Ethical Approaches To ECT. Beneficence. Non-maleficence. Autonomy. Justice. Balancing. Ethical Principles. Conclusions. References. Biographies. Index

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