ECT could be Psychiatry’s weakest Link as if shown to be damaging it could bring a rush of criminal and civil suits from which they would never recover and being only profession that delivers it would have to take the hit whereas drugs are widespread and delivered by many professions. ELECTRIC SHOCK TREATMENT PAIN AND FRAUD IN THE NAME OF THERAPY “Electric shock should not be available as a choice just as thalidomide is not available to pregnant woman. After fifty years of practicing this hoax, psychiatrists are not likely to suddenly agree that it is harmful. As soon as they do, they know there would be a rush of criminal and civil suits from which they would never recover. Governments should outlaw it.” Dr. Michael Chavin For more information contact: Citizens Commission on Human Rights® Ph/Fax 09 373 3897 PO Box 5257 Auckland http://www.cchr.org [email protected] .