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September 18, 1948

HAZARDS OF CURARE: Presentation of a Case

Author Affiliations

Orangeburg, N. Y.

JAMA. 1948;138(3):205-206. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.62900030011007

With the increase in the various "shock therapies," both in institutions and in the private offices of the nation's psychiatrists, there is bound to be an increase in the absolute number of fractures, pulmonary abscesses and deaths, as well as other complications. The literature is replete with case studies of patients with varied diagnoses who have shown adequate and early response to shock therapy. With the improvement of technic and the institution of electroconvulsive treatments have come refinements in procedure which, on the whole, have tended to ameliorate the complications and to increase the number of patients who are being treated. Electroconvulsive therapy has almost completely supplanted the use of "metrazol" N. N. R. (pentamethylenetetrazol) and is tending more and more to supplant insulin therapy. Patients with the depressions and other affective disorders who respond to "metrazol" therapy respond more quickly and with greater ease to the electrical form of