GEORGE N. AAGAARD, M.D.
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The second article in our Drug Spotlight series is Doctor Hollister's concise review of psychotherapeutic drugs, on page 88 of this issue. In probably no other group of drugs, except perhaps antibiotics, is there so much potential for misuse and abuse. If the physician cannot select drugs of this group appropriately for particular cases and prescribe them properly, who can?
Consider these questions as you study the use of these drugs in your hospital.
1. Are barbiturates overused in your hospital as hypnotics? What percentage of your patients have barbiturates ordered for hypnotic use as a standing order, as a
AAGAARD GN. Drug Spotlight on Psychotherapeutic Drugs. Ann Intern Med. ;79:130. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-79-1-130_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1973;79(1):130.
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