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March 1957

Comparison of Psychological Effects of Certain Centrally Acting Drugs in Man

Author Affiliations

Bethesda, Md.

AMA Arch NeurPsych. 1957;77(3):318-324. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1957.02330330104016

A number of recent studies have emphasized that the psychological effects of a given drug are not entirely a function of the drug's more classic "pharmacological properties." On the contrary, as pointed out by Lasagna et al., "the nature of the subject and the situation in which a drug is administered are important determinants of drug effects."1 The point of view which Lasagna has presented is supported by the results of Hill et al.2 and of Kornetsky.3 These investigators have demonstrated that an informal, friendly attitude by the experimenter toward the subject affects the analgesic effect of morphine, and that reaction time is not decreased when subjects are motivated by electric shock.4 Von Felsinger et al.5 have concluded that those subjects who respond atypically to one drug are likely to respond atypically to other drugs. The present studies have been designed to obtain further data

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