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January 1943

ARTERIAL HYPERTENSION FOLLOWING METRAZOL SHOCK THERAPY

Author Affiliations

TOPEKA, KAN.

From the Menninger Psychiatric Hospital.

Arch NeurPsych. 1943;49(1):120-122. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1943.02290130128013

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Abstract

Shock therapy has become one of the most widely used treatments in psychiatric practice. No report could be found in the literature of the initiation of hypertension following the use of metrazol shock therapy. In the following case hypertension developed during a course of metrazol shock treatments and has persisted over the four years since the treatment.

REPORT OF A CASE  A woman aged 47, with a negative family history for hypertension, had married when 26 years of age and had given birth to two children, now aged 18 and 15, who are healthy. She had a "nervous breakdown" at the age of 28, from which she recovered without hospitalization, and made a satisfactory and happy adjustment until her present illness. Her husband's death in 1934 was a severe blow to her. Because of metrorrhagia artificial menopause was produced by roentgen therapy in January 1936. After this she appeared less

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