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Electro-Shock Therapy #107475

ABC Evening News for Monday, Feb 16, 1987
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(Boston, Massachusetts: Dr. Tim Johnson) Revival of electro-shock therapy (ECT) as treatment of severe depression examined; details given, scenes shown. Margaret MacNichols cited as example [MacNICHOLS - recalls depression.] Scenes from "The Snake Pit" shown courtesy 20th Century-Fox. Process described. [MacNICHOLS - comments.] [MacNichols' SISTER - praises change in sister after treatments.] [Dr. Shepard KANTOR - cites benefits of outpatient ECT.] Indications of ECT's effectiveness compared with use of antidepressant medications outlined. [Dr. John MANN - cites Cornell study's findings.] [Citizens Comm. on Human Rights spokesperson Dennis CLARK - claims electro-shock causes brain damage.] Risk of memory loss of varying duration with ECT mentioned.

Jennings, Peter;
Johnson, Tim

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