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November 1959

Insulin Treatment in Psychiatry

AMA Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1959;1(5):559-560. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1959.03590050127021

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This book is a symposium of the papers and discussion presented at an International Conference on Insulin Treatment in Psychiatry held at the New York Academy of Medicine on Oct. 24 and 25, 1958. The conference was sponsored, among others, by the Manfred Sakel Foundation in honor of the first anniversary of Dr. Sakel’s death, the 30th anniversary of the introduction of insulin coma treatment, and to reevaluate insulin treatment in schizophrenia, in view of unfavorable recent reports, such as those by Ackner, Bourne, and Bowes.

The book is divided into three parts. The first part contains a history of the organic treatment of schizophrenia by Hans Hoff, Sakel’s former associate, in which he claims that “more than 80% of the patients who have been in mental asylums are returning to their families.” This is an even more miraculous claim than Sakel’s original statistics and is apparently accomplished by

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