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Head To Head Maudsley Debate

Should we stop using electroconvulsive therapy?

BMJ 2019; 364 doi: (Published 30 January 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;364:k5233

Rapid Response:

Re: Should we stop using electroconvulsive therapy?

It was difficult to see the middle ground in this article - something quite necessary for ECT given the wide divides in opinion.
However my main reservation about it related to the picture. I have had a number of courses of ECT, the most recent being in autumn 2018. I have found it helpful, despite the persistent holes in my memory, and I would have it again. But I find the image of a brain composed of wires and attached to a switch both upsetting and offensive, and was disappointed to see this in the BMJ.

Competing interests: No competing interests

01 February 2019
Rebecca J Lawrence
Consultant Psychiatrist
Royal Edinburgh Hospital