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September 1971

Origins of Psychopharmacology: From CPZ to LSD.

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Reseda, Calif

Arch Intern Med. 1971;128(3):476-477. doi:10.1001/archinte.1971.00310210152030

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Despite the grandiloquent title, this monograph is no more than a publicity puff for chlorpromazine (CPZ to the initiate) and its creator, H. Laborit. By dividing its message into 132 pages of narrative and 59 of notes, with liberal duplication of content and citation throughout, the book succeeds in being longer than it need be and seeming longer than it is.

The style is Press-Agent Breathless. There are 1.2 exclamation points per page in the first chapter, and many more follow. So counter-productive is the insistence upon CPZ as God's (or Laborit's, the distinction not being clear) unsurpassed greatest gift to the 20th century, one may reactively forget that chlorpromazine is, despite this partisan push, still a frequently useful antiemetic, and that, on balance, the chemical bond is probably a more humane restraint than strap and lock.

Priority is of great moment to Caldwell. Distant battles over who first

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