A shocking affair

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 17 November 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:1189
  1. John Zorab (, retired consultant anaesthetist
  1. ron Acton, Bristol

    Many years ago, when I was an anaesthetic registrar, one of my duties was to visit a psychiatric hospital for the weekly outpatient list for electroconvulsive therapy. It was all fairly straightforward. The patients were mainly women in their 50s or 60s, and there were usually six or seven at a session. The patients all sat together on benches, usually with a relative to escort them home afterwards. There were two curtained cubicles, each with …

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