Psychiatric Quarterly

, Volume 6, Issue 4, pp 657–665 | Cite as

The use of sodium amytal, sodium rhodonate and sodium barbital in the control or treatment of the psychoses

  • Neil D. Black
  • Anna A. Gronlund
  • W. Roberts Webster


  1. (1)

    Sodium bromide has been used and observed over a period of nearly six years. From our observation we feel that definite therapeutic results have been demonstrated, that is, the improved cases have been maintained at a higher level and are productive.

  2. (2)

    In the four cases of psychosis with epilepsy in which sodium rhodonate was given the reaction was as follows: The two deteriorated cases became somewhat more disturbed but seizures were not influenced; the two cases showing a well-preserved personality reacted by showing severe increase in both psychotic manifestations and convulsive seizures. We can consider this drug contraindicated in these individuals.

  3. (3)

    The use of sodium amytal to induce and sodium barbital to supplement prolonged sedation offers, we believe, a fruitful field for further investigation and from our experience offers a method of control in extremely excited cases.

  4. (4)

    Except for immediate effects sodium amytal does not appear to have better sedative value than the more prolonged use of sodium barbital or sodium bromide.

  5. (5)

    The use of sodium rhodonate showed beneficial results in a few cases but seems to have a more limited field than the other drugs considered in this series.

  6. (6)

    The results obtained from treatment in this series with the exception of those obtained from the use of sodium bromide form an initial report: We hope that at a later date we may be able to show more concrete results.



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Authors and Affiliations

  • Neil D. Black
    • 1
  • Anna A. Gronlund
    • 1
  • W. Roberts Webster
    • 1
  1. 1.Marcy state hospitalMarcyUSA

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