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Book by Jan-Otto Ottosson

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Brunner-Routledge (November 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415946603
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415946605
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 2 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,217,067 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 7, 2008
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I purchased and read this book because I believed that the employment of Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) raises ethical issues - particularly for elderly. I received my clinical training at a time in which ECT was held in very low esteem.

Ottosson and Fink certainly changed my mind regarding the ethics of ECT. Currently, the acceptable protocol is the employ ECT only when all other interventions have failed. After reading ETHICS IN ELECTROCONVULSIVE THERAPY, I think readers will be impressed with the citations and the clinical scenarios. After I completed the book, I came to the conclusion that ECT must be used sooner within the chain of intervention strategies. When Salzman's PSYCHIATRIC MEDICATIONS FOR OLDER ADULTS was published, I read it and was applauded to learn about the damaging effects of psychiatric medications on nursing home residents. Research is slowly unfolding and is demonstrating that when compared to drug intervention, ECT has more positive outcomes and much less damaging effects on elderly patients.

As the research on ECT becomes more accepted, it will be used more frequently. As a consequence I fear that pharmaceutical companies will witness a sharp cut in their profits.
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