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November 1932

A COMBINATION THERAPY OF INDUCED NARCOSIS AND FEVER: ITS EFFECT ON THE "AFFECTIVE SYNDROME" A PRELIMINARY REPORT

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ZURICH, SWITZERLAND

Arch NeurPsych. 1932;28(5):1169-1177. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1932.02240050205014
Abstract

In a series of ten psychotic patients subjected to a combination therapy—prolonged narcosis and artificial induction of fever—the clinical results were specific in six patients presenting a decidedly affective symptom complex. The addition of this form of therapy to the neuropsychiatrist's armamentarium in the treatment of the affective states is deserving of further consideration and investigation.

Since its introduction into the continental clinics by Kläsi1 in 1920, prolonged narcosis has been used considerably in the treatment of schizophrenia with variably reported results, but in only a few instances is it reported as effective in the affective states. Kohra2 and Beyerman3 reported favorably on the results obtained in the manic-depressive psychoses; Beyerman4 even advocated it as a specific remedy. The concept as to what constitutes schizophrenia and a manic-depressive psychosis, of course, varies in individual psychiatric clinics. Not only that, but the same patient on successive reentries

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