[Discovery and brief developmental history of electro -- convulsive therapy in mental diseases].Zhonghua Yi Shi Za Zhi. 2001 Oct; 31(4):213-6.ZY
With its introduction in 1938, electro -- convulsive therapy (ECT) rapidly became accepted as a mainstream treatment. Its usage opened a new era treatment of mental diseases. ECT is a very effective treatment for major psychosis with high incidence such as endogenous depression, catatonia in schizophrenia and so on. Until recently it still has a place in psychiatric disorders even when effective antipsychotic chemicals are applied today.