NATHANIEL J. BERKWITZ, M.D., PH.D.
Delirium tremens is an acute alcoholic psychosis which usually follows a prolonged debauch, but which may also appear as an episode in the course of chronic alcoholism. It occurs in less than 10 per cent of all alcoholic admissions.1 It is characterized by illusions, terrifying hallucinations, marked tremors and profuse perspiration. Usually it is preceded for several days by anorexia, restlessness and fear, but it may come on acutely. Kraepelin2 stated that its duration varied from a few days to two weeks, but recent workers report that the average case recovers in four to six days.3 Besides the typical cases,
BERKWITZ NJ. THE TREATMENT OF DELIRIUM TREMENS WITH FARADIC SHOCK THERAPY; A NEW APPROACH BASED UPON THE PSYCHOBIOLOGICAL CONCEPT(THE TREATMENT OF DELIRIUM TREMENS WITH FARADIC SHOCK THERAPY; A NEW APPROACH BASED UPON THE PSYCHOBIOLOGICAL CONCEPT*). Ann Intern Med. 1942;16:480–494. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-16-3-480
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1942;16(3):480-494.
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