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July 1956


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Washington, D. C.

AMA Arch NeurPsych. 1956;76(1):112-114. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1956.02330250114018

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To the Editor:  In the Washington area psychiatrists interested in electric shock therapy have been confronted with the same legal difficulties encountered by our colleagues in other cities. The malpractice situation here has become quite acute, and we are taking every step within our power to cope with the situation.

Details of Electroshock Therapy  Electroshock therapy is an accepted form of treatment for certain types of nervous and mental illness. It has been used successfully in thousands of cases since its introduction in 1938. It is one of the most effective ways of treating depressed patients with suicidal tendencies or patients who might otherwise require prolonged hospitalization.The psychiatrist himself gives the treatment, using a specially designed electronic instrument. The treatment consists of passing a controlled electric current between two electrodes applied to the patient's temples. In some instances, the patient may be given medication prior to treatment to

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