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Abram Elting Bennett (1898 – 1985) was an American psychiatrist best known for his work on electroconvulsive therapy (ECT).[1]

Bennett published over 50 research articles and several books, including Fifty Years in Neurology and Psychiatry (1972), Alcoholism and the Brain (1977) and Huguenots Migration: Descendants' Contributions to America (1984). In the 1930s, Bennett introduced the use of curare to prevent fractures and other adverse side effects caused by shock treatments. He also advocated pentylenetetrazol to induce convulsions in patients.[2]

Bennett was affiliated with Johns Hopkins University, Bishop Clarkson Memorial Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska and the California Pacific Medical Center.

He contributed to the second edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.


  1. ^ Shorter, Edward (2005). A Historical Dictionary of Psychiatry. Oxford University Press ISBN 0195176685
  2. ^ Shorter, Edward and David Healy (2007). Shock Therapy: A History of Electroconvulsive Treatment in Mental Illness. Rutgers University Press, ISBN 0813541697

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