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May 13, 1944

THE EFFECT OF SULFADIAZINE ON THE COORDINATION AND REACTION TIME OF YOUNG MEN

Author Affiliations

Safety Examiner, Pennsylvania State Police PHILADELPHIA

From the Department of Medicine of the Jefferson Medical College and Hospital.

JAMA. 1944;125(2):105-107. doi:10.1001/jama.1944.02850200013005
Abstract

It is generally recommended that persons who receive sulfonamide therapy should not undertake work involving balance, perception or the operation of intricate machinery,1 because of the hazard of the mental confusion,2 interference with memory and judgment,3 dizziness4 and lassitude,5 which are said to be common accompaniments of therapy.6 There are indeed but few diseases besides gonorrhea and chancroid which justify sulfonamide therapy of ambulatory patients. However, recent studies7 indicate that sulfonamide chemoprophylaxis may eventually be widely used for healthy persons to prevent threatened epidemics of meningococcic meningitis and perhaps for other contagious infections. Therefore, because of the frequency of the diseases mentioned, which occur largely in the age group most likely to be engaged in such types of work especially in driving land, water or air vehicles, it is of importance to learn what proportion of patients receiving sulfonamide compounds are so affected and to

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