Electro-convulsive therapy unit (also known as electro-shock therapy unit), circa 1957. Used for electric shock treatment of patients in mental health hospitals in Victoria, Australia. Designed by Prof. Trethowan and Dr Bailey. Dr Bailey is also known for the development and practice of the controversial deep sleep therapy at Chelmsford, Sydney, in the 1960s-1970s. Made by Amalgamated Wireless (Australasia) Ltd., circa 1957.

Physical Description

Electro-convulsive therapy machine is a square, white, metal box. The machine has an electrical cord attached and there are two curved, metal handles. Machine consists of two fuse bulbs, one 'treat' metal button, two torch bulbs for 'treat' and 'mains', voltage selector 1-7 and main switch.


Example of treatment administered to mental health patients in Victoria.

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