ECT, Acetylcholine Receptors, and Memory

  • Bernard Lerer
  • Michael Stanley
  • Harvey Altman


Although almost fifty years have elapsed since its introduction, the basic mechanisms whereby electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) exerts its therapeutic effects, remain to be elucidated. The biological basis of ECT-induced memory impairment, the major adverse effect of anesthetic- and muscle relaxant-modified ECT, is also unknown.


Electroconvulsive Therapy Retrograde Amnesia Inescapable Shock Electroconvulsive Shock Anterograde Amnesia 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bernard Lerer
    • 1
    • 2
  • Michael Stanley
    • 1
  • Harvey Altman
    • 1
  1. 1.Dept. of Psychiatry and PharmacologyWayne State University and Lafayette ClinicDetroitUSA
  2. 2.Jerusalem Mental Health CenterJerusalemIsrael

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