The History of Electroconvulsive Therapy

Colin Jones, ECT Nurse, Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust


Colin Jones (left)
Colin Jones (left)
Link to The History of Electroconvulsive Therapy event
Wednesday, 6th December, 2017
16:00 - 17:30
Room CRV016 Riverside Campus

Electroconvulsive therapy continues to be a controversial area within mental health care. ECT (also known as shock therapy) originated in Hungary in 1934 with Ladislas von Meduna using drug-induced convulsions to treat the psychotic symptoms of schizophrenia. Italian neurologist Ugo Cerletti then applied electricity directly to the brain in 1938, again for schizophrenia, and the treatment is currently used for patients with severe major depression or bipolar disorder. This talk looks at the history of ECT from its beginnings and traces its development and practice to the present day.

Host: Faculty of Health and Social Historical Society

The University’s Faculty of Health and Social Care (FHSC) Historical Society aims to unite individuals with an interest in medicine, nursing, midwifery and social work across the University and the wider community. The Society meets regularly for a range of talks and discussion and anyone with an interest in health and social care or social history is welcome to attend.

Admission free but booking necessary.

Please contact Roger Whiteley (, 01244 511619) to confirm your place.

There is no car parking available at the Riverside Campus (formerly County Hall) and access to the lecture rooms is through the main entrance, opposite the River Dee. The address is: University of Chester, Riverside Campus, Castle Drive, Chester CH1 1SL.

The Faculty of Health and Social Care Riverside Museum will also be open between 1pm and 4pm.