VERNON L. EVANS, M.D., F.A.C.P.
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The deliberate induction of convulsions in the presence of known or suspected cardiovascular disease would seem to be a very hazardous undertaking. However, it has been possible to treat a considerable number of such patients for psychiatric disorders with very little trouble and a low mortality rate. When the convulsion is induced by the application of an electric current to the brain, there is no direct trauma to the cardiovascular system, and one would expect no more trouble than would follow one or two minutes of strenuous exercise. The results in this series of cases would seem to bear this
EVANS VL. ELECTROCONVULSIVE SHOCK THERAPY AND CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE1. Ann Intern Med. ;22:692–695. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-22-5-692
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1945;22(5):692-695.
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