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Rachel Lasky 10 February, 2008 Owens Ethics Essay #1 Is ECT Treatment Necessary? I don’t think the use of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is necessary. It causes pain, fear, and memory loss. The treatment was first widely practiced in the 40’s and 50’s but was so opposed that many psychiatrists stopped practicing it. It has shown up in the 60’s and 70’s and in the 90’s became more widely used again. It is also proven to have a very low success rate. Because of all of these reasons, I have decided that electroconvulsive therapy is not only ethically wrong, but for the most part it is non effective. In his essay Electroshock: Death, Brain Damage, Memory Loss, and Brainwashing , Leonard R. Frank takes a strong view for the opposition of ECT. Having gone through it firsthand, he is able to explain what doctors have only speculated about: the effects of the treatment. For nine months, Frank received a total of 50 insulin induced comas and 35 shock treatments. He describes the pain of each shock treatment as his own
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