FREDERIC B. WESTERVELT JR., M.D.
The self-administered overdose of hypnotic-sedative drugs has long been a popular means of expressing situational protest and, not infrequently, accomplishing an intended suicidal act. While the barbiturates have been the agents most frequently used, the recent efforts of the pharmaceutical industry to provide the ideal hypnotic agent have made available an ever-increasing number of compounds to the suicide-bent. These, added to the long list of ataractic agents, make the diagnostic and the therapeutic tasks of the clinical toxicologist a trying one, indeed.
Ethchlorvynol (Placidyl®), introduced in 1955, has achieved remarkably little notoriety in this regard. Consequently, we know little concerning
WESTERVELT FB. Ethchlorvynol (Placidyl®) Intoxication: Experience with Five Patients, Including Treatment with Hemodialysis. Ann Intern Med. 1966;64:1229–1236. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-64-6-1229
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1966;64(6):1229-1236.
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