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Practice of ECT guidelines in the UK v. the USA

  • Ajay K. Upadhyaya (a1)
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Electro-convulsive therapy (ECT) is a safe and effective treatment for some psychiatric disorders, but its mechanisms of action remain unclear. In the last decade ECT seems to have enjoyed a resurgence of research interest and some recent findings have raised exciting possibilities of making it a more rational and targeted treatment.

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Practice of ECT guidelines in the UK v. the USA

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