1980 Mar. 15
Rice is writing to compliment Rhodes, editor of Canadian Weekend, on her article 'The Shock of Your Life' by Don Weitz, in the December 8, 1979 issue of Canadian Weekend. Rice thinks that this article will become a landmark in the press coverage over the controversy of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) for two reasons. First is the discussion of memory loss from the ECT and second the coverage of the pa... more
1983 Mar. 29
Chamberlin, Judi, 1944-2010
Chamberlin thanks Rice for sending the correspondance with the Mental Health Law Project concerning their testimony at the electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) hearings. Chamberlin mentions she was going to send Rice a copy of an article from the Boston Globe Magazine on ECT, but Selma Levine already had. Instead, Chamberlin sends Ellen Goodman's syndicated column on the Berkeley ECT referendum, which she ... more
1982 Jan. 30
Rice writes to Kennedy explaining that she, the American Psychiatric Association, and numerous patient and citizen groups were under the impression that the electroconculsive therapy devices were to be taken off the market in the spring of 1982, unless the APA was successful in petitioning for reclassification. Rice includes a page from the American Journal of Psychiatry, which presents that understan... more
1983 Jan. 3
Rosenberg, Norman S.
Rosenberg is responding to Rice's letter from December 22nd, regarding the Mental Health Law Project's role in the FDA reclassification proceeding held on November 4th. Rosenberg provides the background of the Project's recommendation and testimony, reminding Rice that the Project was and is opposed to the reclassification of ECT devices to either Class II or Class I. Rosenberg then further explains h... more
1983 Jan. 14
Rice thanks Rosenberg for his letter from January 3rd. Rice explains that her letter from December 22nd was written on behalf of the Coalition for Education on Convulsive Therapy and she suggested that the Mental Health Law Project should take steps to hold electroconculsive therapy (ECT) devices in Class III. Since Rosenberg did not respond to that suggestion, Rice believes that he would be opposed t... more
1981 Sept. 4
Bennett, A. E.
Letter written in Psychiatric News by Dr. A. E. Bennett in which he states that he does not believe that ECT causes brain damage and permanent memory loss. He says that the decline in the use of ECT where indicated is deplorable.
1981 Oct. 14
Rice writes to Chamberlin to get her thoughts on the enclosed article regarding the reclassification on ECT devices. Rice explains that the patients who have experience with the ECT devices are speaking out against it to the FDA. This is against what the medical professionals are saying and typically unprecedented for patients to speak out. So Rice thinks they need to plan how they will handle this si... more