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To the Editor.—
The consultant's response to an inquiry (QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS, May 15, 1972) about effectiveness of this form of treatment was a carefully worded statement on the state of the art. He may not, however, have been aware that this form of therapy was used extensively throughout the 1960s at Evansville State Hospital, Evansville, Ind.To my knowledge, their extensive experience (hundreds of cases) has not been published—I suspect principally because the work was not conducted in a planned and controlled fashion as is currently academically popular. With a little stimulation and encouragement, I am sure they would be willing to provide documentation as Dr. Mickey Lynch, at the request of the (then) Medical Director, Dr. Milton Anderson, was conducting an exhaustive review.I had the fortune of observing this treatment and collecting some biochemical data on these patients as a part of another study (unpublished because the
Westerman RL. Atropine Coma. JAMA. 1972;221(5):509–510. doi:10.1001/jama.1972.03200180051023