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May 1982

Electroconvulsive Therapy: Pretreatment Medical Evaluation

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Medicine, Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland.

Arch Intern Med. 1982;142(5):979-981. doi:10.1001/archinte.1982.00340180137024

Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is finding increasing use in the therapy for psychiatric illness. This article reviews the physiological changes, potential complications, and drug interactions associated with ECT. The review provides the practitioner with guidelines for the evaluation and management of patients selected for ECT.

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