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MODIFICATION OF THE ELECTROFIT 1.SODIUM AMYTAL
DAVID J. IMPASTATO; ROBERT BAK; JOHN FROSCH; S. BERNARD WORTIS
Am J Psychiatry 1943;100:358-360.
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The Psychiatric Department of Bellevue Hospital and the New York University Medical College.

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1. Sodium amytal is effective in the management of the resistive and apprehensive patient, and the post convulsive excitement. It can be used to elicit prognostic productions. More patients can be treated during a given time period.2. Our preliminary studies indicate that sodium amytal can lessen the severity of the ordinary convulsion or practically abolish it.3. Our therapeutic results in a small group of patients are as good as those who have not received sodium amytal.4. No fractures of the spine or other bones have been sustained by our patients.5. Sodium amytal does not cause alarming apnea, nor does it have the other disadvantages of curare.6. Our results warrant further use and investigation of the pre-convulsive intravenous use of sodium amytal.

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amobarbital ; sodium
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