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October 1956

Police Drugs.

AMA Arch NeurPsych. 1956;76(4):453-454. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1956.02330280111014

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The author states that he is an academician, but other than that we know nothing about his particular specialty. He apparently became incensed at the use of a drug in the famous French Cens case. As a result, he has written an angry diatribe against the use of drugs by the police in order to obtain confessions and against medical legal testimony by psychiatrists on the basis of what has been discovered through narcoanalytic procedures. From this one case he discusses the ethical, moral, and spiritual problems of all drug administration, including sleeping tablets and "pep" pills. The book should be read by all psychiatrists, since pharmacotherapy is utilized by all of them at one time or another. It brings home to the reader the moralistic problems and extends the problem of drugs into the realm of philosophy, individual dignity, and freedom for self-realization. Even though it is an angry