American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. See electroconvulsive therapy.
- n. medicine, electricity electroconvulsive therapy
- v. medicine, electricity to administer electroconvulsive therapy
- n. the administration of a strong electric current that passes through the brain to induce convulsions and coma
- electro- + shock (Wiktionary)
“To begin, one needs to ask what psychiatrists actually mean when they call electroshock effective.”
“The Times obit states he even tried electroshock, which is just heartbreaking.”
“It's best known as electroshock therapy, electrically shocking the brain to produce a seizure, a procedure many only know from its portrayal by Jack Nicholson in the movie "One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest.”
“We have these folks to thanks for lobotomies and electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), also known as electroshock, both of which are controversial at best.”
“Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), also known as electroshock therapy, is typically used to treat severe depression.”
“Still others may undergo electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), also called electroshock therapy.”
“ECT, also known as electroshock therapy, uses an electric shock to induce seizure.”
“And of course it was, of course I had been a patient there, and of course the ride by in the car was only a short circuit in my brain, caused by electroshock, which is where I was at that very moment, lashed on a table with wires connected to my head, even as I sat in the passenger seat of the old Volvo, with the window open and my elbow hung out the window and the air smelling of fish and destiny, the ocean only minutes in front of us, houses perched on their ledges overlooking the curved sea.”
“The majority of the 18-member committee said not enough is known about ECT, also known as "electroshock" or simply "shock" therapy, to allow the devices to be used without more research into its usefulness and hazards.”
“Daryl, I had in mind not to the current ex-gay idiocy, but older, Snake Pit style psychological "treatments" such as electroshock, ice baths, hormone treatment and aversion therapy; some were subjected to these without their own permission, as well.”
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