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August 1956


AMA Arch NeurPsych. 1956;76(2):227. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1956.02330260113014

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This little book is the result of a symposium organized by the section on medical sciences of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Psychiatric Association, presented at the Berkeley meeting, Dec. 30, 1954. It consists of ten papers and the ensuing discussion. The first three papers deal with reports of clinical observations of the use of chlorpromazine in both public and private mental hospitals, accurately reflecting the early disparity of results between these two areas for investigation. The next four papers deal primarily with results of the clinical application of reserpine. Both favorable and unfavorable reports are recorded, again reflecting the difference of opinion between workers in public versus private institutions that was prevalent at the time of the conference. The final three papers deal with the pharmacological aspect of the "tranquilizer" drugs and their relationship to the psychotomimetic drugs. The discussion following each of