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28 mins | Mar 25, 2021
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Should we pull the plug on electroconvulsive therapy? With evidence of success so thin and the stakes so high, why is this practice still a mainstay of psychiatry? In this comprehensive review of the history of ECT, John Read — a professor of clinical psychology — argues that research literature in the field has created a damaging narrative of success, that ignores the fact that the positive effects of the therapy are simply a powerful placebo.

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