Minnesota Medicine — January 2012
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End Notes
Mina Le, M.D.

Treatment Number Five of electro-convulsive therapy (ECT) for depression

The body on the bed jumped taut
And clenched from fist to teeth, strung out
On current while we rearranged
His worn-down ruts of dreary thought.
Escape at last had taken this route:
To lie, in hopes of waking changed,

Enchanted to jerk like a marionette
From where the gel in his white hair
Conducted a hundred sixty volts,
With only this to forestall regret:
Either faith the doctors wouldn’t err,
Or else indifference to results.

Mina Le is chief resident in the department of otolaryngology at the University of Minnesota.