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June 24, 1983

Anesthetic Management in Electroconvulsive Therapy

JAMA. 1983;249(24):3303. doi:10.1001/jama.1983.03330480019011

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To the Editor.—  I read the answers that Drs Bamforth and Callan gave to the question on the anesthetic management of patients undergoing electroconvulsive therapy (1983;249:292). I agree with the management that they outlined except that they forgot to mention a drug that is most important to both patient and anesthetist— oxygen. To anesthetize and then paralyze a patient without extra amounts of this vitally important agent is risking disaster.