This new book on the history of ECT is a must read! I have 2 copies: I bought one the moment it was published and Max Fink sent me a copy as a new year's present (thanks again, Max!!), but I only read it once :°). Edward Shorter became famous with his book 'A History of Psychiatry: From the Era of the Asylum to the Age of Prozac' (New York, John Wiley & Sons, 1997). The ECT-book, he wrote with another great author, David Healy. The book adressess different aspects of the history of ECT, with an emphasis on the American history of ECT, i.e. Max Fink. The European situation, however, is also described and even our own association, the European Forum for ECT (EFFECT) is mentioned in the book, and has thus become part of history!