Ectonustim 3 ECT machine with scalp electrodes, English, 1958-1965.

Made:
1958-1965 in Letchworth
SMG00333534 Ectonustim 3 ECT machine with scalp electrodes, English, 1958-1965. (medicine; electroconvulsive therapy; ECT; mental illness)

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"Ectonustim 3" electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) machine, with headset, by Ectron Ltd, England, 1958-1965

Ectonustim 3' electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) machine, with scalp electrodes, by Ectron Ltd, England, 1958-1965. ECT involves the transmission of an electrical current to the brain in timed pulses, causing a convulsion or seizure. The intention being to 'shock' a patient out of a severe mental disorder. It is a controversial therapy but one that is still sometimes used, mainly in the treatment of severe depression.

Details

Category:
Psychology, Psychiatry & Anthropometry
Object Number:
1980-1389
Materials:
case, mahogany
Measurements:
overall (case closed): 160 mm x 275 mm x 280 mm,
overall (headset): 40 mm x 150 mm x 320 mm,
type:
medicine, electroconvulsive therapy, ect and mental illness
credit:
Ectron Limited