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The concept of drug automatism
Am J Psychiatry 1976;133:948-952.
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The drug-automatism hypothesis implies a medication-induced absence of intentionality for self-poisoning and a relative amnesia for serial or single overdosage. Controversy stems from problems encountered in the formulation and verfication of the hypothesis. The author reviews the literature, presents a case associated with a proprietary sleeping preparation, and discusses psychopharmacological and psychophysiological elements in the mechanism of drug automatism and its differential diagnosis.

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