Few medical treatments are as fraught with fear, misunderstanding and controversy as electroshock, or electroconvulsive therapy. Most of us consider it a treatment of the 1950s and 60s, an option medicine and society have left behind. Yet ECT is experiencing a startling resurgence and is seen as especially efficacious among older Canadians.
Has its execution grown more sophisticated? What is its success rate? Are there still side effects?
Toronto Star journalists Jennifer Wells and Diana Zlomislic set out to answer these questions, delving deep into the science and ethics of ECT. Compelling and timely, Shock is essential reading.
Jennifer Wells (front) is an award-winning feature writer at the Toronto Star. The recipient of two National Newspaper Awards, two gold National Magazine Awards and a National Business Book Award, Wells has reported on a diverse range of topics, from malaria in Peru, to American locomotive manufacture, to the extraction of conflict minerals in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The mother of three sons, Wells lives in Toronto with her husband, Peter.
Diana Zlomislic (back) joined the Toronto Star in 2002. After spending several years working behind the scenes, culminating in her editorship of the Saturday Star, Zlomislic returned to her first love, reporting, as a member of the paper’s investigative team. She recently completed a three-month fellowship in Liberia where she worked for Journalists for Human Rights, a media non-governmental organization.