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April 1939

TREATMENT OF DISTURBED PATIENTS WITH SODIUM CHLORIDE ORALLY AND INTRAVENOUSLY IN HYPERTONIC SOLUTIONS

Author Affiliations

NEW YORK

From the Division of Psychiatry, the Bellevue Hospital, and the Department of Psychiatry, the New York University College of Medicine.

Arch NeurPsych. 1939;41(4):702-710. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1939.02270160058005
Abstract

The proper treatment of dehydrated patients has not received adequate attention. This is particularly true with regard to excited, disturbed and uncooperative patients; since such patients are often transferred to psychiatric wards and hospitals, the problem of dehydration is of special interest to the psychiatrist. Since the psychiatric division of the Bellevue Hospital admits over 26,000 patients a year and all the general hospitals of New York city transfer noisy, excited and uncooperative medical and surgical patients to this service, it must be apparent that the wards for disturbed patients give one ideal material for such a study. We have attempted, therefore, to study empirically physiologic methods for the treatment of such disturbed patients. Another study based on the results of our treatments is under way to determine some of the theoretic considerations of this problem. For the purposes of this report we shall consider the theoretic side only in

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