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September 1962

Psychochemotherapy, the Physician's Manual

Arch Dermatol. 1962;86(3):388. doi:10.1001/archderm.1962.01590090130029

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The authors consider mental illness to be explainable on a biochemical basis and therefore amenable to chemotherapeutic control by tranquilizers and antidepressants. For the most part, this book consists of a concise description of the pharmacology plus a brief discussion of the clinical uses and side-effects of each of the commonly used drugs of these types. There is no consideration of the dermatologic applications of these agents per se. The index does not mention neurodermatitis, neurotic excoriations, dermatitis factitia, or any other psychocutaneous entities. The dermatologist employing these agents, on the other hand, if he is interested in the basic actions of the drugs that he is administering, will find points to assist him in understanding the medications under consideration.

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