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Electro-Convulsive Therapy Machine - Ectron Ltd, circa 1940 Object Reg. No: SH 850523

ECT or electro-convulsive therapy machine used in psychiatric hospital in Victoria Australia, circa 1940. Made: Ectron Ltd Baldock, Hertfordshire, U.K., circa 1940
Electroconvulsant apparatus is a black-coated oblong box with rounded edges on top. It has a plastic rounded handle in centre on top. There are two light bulbs each side, red and white main power switch and metal push-button. An electrical cord is attached to one side, the other side has a power point with two prongs, but has part missing. This is a simple E.C.T. machine where the operator adjusted the current and the time; it could not measure pulse waves, and was bi-lateral. It probably dates from the beginning of the Second World War.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Office of Psychiatric Services
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 19.00 cm (Height), 10.60 cm (Width), 10.00 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: hospitals, psychiatric services, making history - psych services
Themes this item is part of: Psychiatric Services Collection, Medicine in Society Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection
Primary Classification: MEDICINE & HEALTH
Secondary Classification: Mental Health - Clinical
Tertiary Classification: treatment equipment
Inscriptions: "ECTRON"/Electroconvulsant Apparatus/A.C.Mains only - Volts 240,210,110. and "Ectron Ltd/Baldock-Herts-England/No.458 printed on card underneath.
Manufacturer: Ectron Limited, Bladock, England, Great Britain, Circa 1940
Place & Date Used: Victoria, Australia, 1940 or later
References: card with exhibit. Oral history, Dr Alan Stoller, 11 May 1992

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