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April 1945

Insulin Shock Therapy Study.

Arch NeurPsych. 1945;53(4):327. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1945.02300040073018

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This study of the effectiveness of insulin shock in the treatment of schizophrenic patients is the report of the Temporary Commission on State Hospital Problems, appointed by Gov. Thomas E. Dewey of New York. The study is based on the results of insulin therapy of 1,128 patients at the Brooklyn State Hospital between January 1937 and June 1942, and the data for a control group of 876 patients admitted to five other state hospitals during the same period who did not receive any form of shock therapy but' whose treatment was presumably comparable in other respects. The most dramatic finding emerging from this study is that insulin treatment effected a saving of 286,695 days of hospital care and a saving of $80,274.60 in cost of food and clothing to the state. Accepting the validity of the non-insulin-treated patients as a control group, the commission concludes that the insulin treatment itself

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