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February 13, 1937

Current Comment

JAMA. 1937;108(7):560-562. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780070044018

INSULIN SHOCK TREATMENT FOR SCHIZOPHRENIA  The amazing results already reported in some cases in which the insulin shock treatment has been applied in schizophrenia have resulted naturally in a certain amount of premature enthusiasm in relationship to the use of the method. It has been widely exploited in the press with the statement that it constitutes a cure for what has formerly been considered an incurable disease. As a result, the Committee on Public Education of the American Psychiatric Association has considered it worth while to issue a public statement on the present status of this new method. The statement comes with the approval of all the members of the committee1 and also of the president of the American Psychiatric Association, Dr. C. Macfie Campbell, professor of psychiatry in Harvard University. "The impression that there never has been and is now," says the statement, "no treatment for dementia praecox,

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