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Digital Subscriptions > Mental Health Nursing > AugSept 2018 > Speak up: I’m glad I didn’t have ECT

Speak up: I’m glad I didn’t have ECT

I do not consider passing electricity someone’s through head a beautiful, compassionate deed. Few people do. In any other setting, ECT would be seen as an act of torture.

The idea of ECT came from a few people, one of them being an Italian professor of neuropsychiatry, Ugo Cerletti, who visited a pig abattoir and noticed how docile the pigs were after being shocked. It’s nice to be likened to pigs that needed to be made submissive.

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The August/September issue of MHN is a special themed edition on ECT, including: - The history and use of ECT in modern practice • Service user views • Using recovery staff in ECT anaesthesia • Student perspectives on ECT • The National Association for Lead Nurses in ECT • Interview with an ECT lead nurse • Organising a Twitter chat on ECT