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Rapid response to:

Head To Head Maudsley Debate

Should we stop using electroconvulsive therapy?

BMJ 2019; 364 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k5233 (Published 30 January 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;364:k5233

Rapid Response:

Re: Should we stop using electroconvulsive therapy?

The discussion on the risk/benefits of ECT requires careful statements of fact. "Subjecting them to 150 V inevitably causes damage, similar to traumatic brain injury." is not correct. The statement does not have sufficient context (nor does the indicated reference) for technical evaluation (150 volts across what?), but is misleading in general.

Competing interests: No competing interests

06 February 2019
Marom Bikson
Professor
The City College of New York
New York City