Electroconvulsive Therapy in China: Clinical Practice and Research on Efficacy

@article{Tang2012ElectroconvulsiveTI,
  title={Electroconvulsive Therapy in China: Clinical Practice and Research on Efficacy},
  author={Yi-lang Tang and Wei Jiang and Yanping Ren and Xin Ma and Robert O. Cotes and William M. McDonald},
  journal={The Journal of ECT},
  year={2012},
  volume={28},
  pages={206–212}
}
Objective Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) was first introduced in China in the early 1950s and has evolved into a significant psychiatric treatment. Research from Chinese psychiatrists provides important clinical data for ECT practitioners. However, most of the research has only been published in Chinese language journals. This article summarizes data from publications in the Chinese scientific community related to the clinical practice of ECT and research on efficacy in the treatment of… 

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