The First ECT
The Carlat Psychiatry Report, Volume 2, Number 1, January 2004
Daniel Carlat, MD
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The first ECT (electroconvulsive therapy), was performed by an Italian psychiatrist, Ugo Cerletti, who had initially assessed the safety of the treatment with dogs. He performed the first treatment on a human on April 18, 1938.