Ugo Cerletti was the inventor of the electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) adopted in 1938 to treat schizophrenia. He had a robust education in anatomical pathology, which also left its mark on the journal Pathologica. Although his name is associated with several important moments and breakthroughs in the history of medicine, Ugo Cerletti's reputation has partly suffered from the same fate as his treatment. Electroshock was initially widely adopted, partly because of its low cost and relatively easy application, but with the advent of psychoactive drugs in the 1950s and 1960s, it subsequently came under ferocious criticism. Its fall from grace also affected to some extent the man who had invented it, though this seems hard to justify today.

Ugo Cerletti, Pathologica and electroconvulsive therapy / C. Patriarca, C.A. Clerici, S. Zannella, C. Fraticelli. - In: PATHOLOGICA. - ISSN 1591-951X. - (2021 Sep 23). [Epub ahead of print] [10.32074/1591-951X-263]

Ugo Cerletti, Pathologica and electroconvulsive therapy

C. Patriarca
Primo
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C.A. Clerici
Secondo
Conceptualization
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S. Zannella
Penultimo
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2021

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Ugo Cerletti was the inventor of the electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) adopted in 1938 to treat schizophrenia. He had a robust education in anatomical pathology, which also left its mark on the journal Pathologica. Although his name is associated with several important moments and breakthroughs in the history of medicine, Ugo Cerletti's reputation has partly suffered from the same fate as his treatment. Electroshock was initially widely adopted, partly because of its low cost and relatively easy application, but with the advent of psychoactive drugs in the 1950s and 1960s, it subsequently came under ferocious criticism. Its fall from grace also affected to some extent the man who had invented it, though this seems hard to justify today.
electroconvulsive; psychiatry; schizophrenia
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23-set-2021
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