JOSEPH L. FETTERMAN, M.A., M.D.
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The therapy of psychoses has advanced rapidly during the past decade. Observation and analysis, hydrotherapy and occupational measures, and symptomatic medication all have their fields of usefulness. However, there have been introduced more specific therapies which depend upon direct chemical and electrical influence upon brain function. In 1932 Sakel1 developed the insulin shock treatment for schizophrenia, a method which opened a new era in the therapy of psychoses. Shortly thereafter, the use of the metrazol convulsion treatment was the product of the research of von Meduna.2 Metrazol, at first recommended for schizophrenia, proved more effective in depressed states. The
FETTERMAN JL. ELECTRO-COMA THERAPY OF PSYCHOSES1. Ann Intern Med. ;17:775–789. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-17-5-775
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1942;17(5):775-789.
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