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Ethics in Electroconvulsive Therapy - Jan-Otto Ottosson

Ethics in Electroconvulsive Therapy

Hardcover Published: 17th June 2004
ISBN: 9780415946599
Number Of Pages: 168

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Few mental illness treatments are more reviled in the public mind than Electroconvulsive Shock Therapy. However, in reality, ECT is a safe and effective treatment for cases of clinical depression and catatonia that are unresponsive to drug therapy. Also, unlike drugs, ECT has relatively few side effects. The authors argue that it is time for this historically stigmatized procedure to be reevaluated.
"Ethics in Electroconvulsive Therapy "analyzes the practice from the four main principles of medical ethics: beneficence (do good), non-maleficence (do no harm), autonomy (the right to accept or refuse treatment), and justice (equal treatment for all patients). The authors make a strong case for greater professional and public attention to the benefits of the procedure, offering historical coverage of ECT-related movements, legislation, public and practitioner sentiment and the introduction of competing treatments. This volume will not only garner the interest of mental health professionals, but will call on policy makers and ethicists to examine its arguments.

"Here, in 127 pages, is the story of why one of psychiatry's most effective treatments has fallen victim to misunderstanding and stigmatization. Certainly, if you're someone influencing the care of sick or disturbed persons, you might appreciate this refresher course on the indications for electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), especially when it is the therapy of choice or could be lifesaving. In short, Ottosson and Fink review clinical indications of ECT and attempt to dispel some of the lingering biases that have arisen in the last fifty years." - Charles R. Young, retired, Christian Medican-Dental Society, Illinois, USA, in Ethics & Medicine, Fall 2010

Preface
The Stigmatization Of ECT
Principles Of Medical Ethics
Previous Ethical Approaches To ECT
Beneficence
Non-maleficence
Autonomy
Justice
Balancing
Ethical Principles
Conclusions
References
Biographies
Index
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ISBN: 9780415946599
ISBN-10: 041594659X
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 168
Published: 17th June 2004
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.42
Weight (kg): 0.34
Edition Number: 1