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October 12, 1940


JAMA. 1940;115(15):1296. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810410062032

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To the Editor:—  In the editorial in The Journal August 10 on "Electrical Convulsion Treatment of Mental Disorders" the only reference made concerning the technic is to the English article by Fleming. I should like to point out that the original technic, as utilized by Cerletti and Bini and as used in nearly all the clinics interested in the method; can be found in the English paper by McGregor and Shepley, British Medical Journal, Dec. 30, 1939, page 1269. These English workers first explained in detail the original technic. Fleming and his co-workers in their paper describe a technic differing from the original technic in various points, which, however, I do not wish to discuss in detail. In particular, they do not utilize the special electrodes which allow the application of a lower current intensity and a diminished time of passage of current necessary for the production of a seizure.

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