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A PRELIMINARY REPORT ON THE USE OF D-DESOXYEPHEDRINE HYDROCHLORIDE IN THE STUDY OF PSYCHOPATHOLOGY AND PSYCHOTHERAPY
JOSEPH SCHEIN; PAUL GOOLKER
Am J Psychiatry 1951;107:850-855.
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The Mount Sinai Hospital, New York City.

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1. D-desoxyephedrine hydrochloride was employed intravenously in an intensive study of 22 patients with psychoneurotic illness.2. It was found invaluable as a working tool for—(a) the delineation of defenses available to the patient, and the role of this delineation in diagnosis and research.(b) a nosological differentiation in so-called "border-line" syndromes.(c) the vivid clarification of transference reactions.(d) the unexpected confrontation of the alert patient with a dramatic change in his chronic symptoms, and its consequent impetus toward recovery.(e) the marked reduction in time consumed in obtaining valuable conscious and preconscious material.3. A repeated phenomenon, which we have labeled "reawakening of focal memory," has been frequently observed, and represents a challenge to the study of recall, and psychic representation.4. It allows for clearly observable phenomena even in the presence of a group, and thus affords an excellent medium for teaching purposes.

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