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Behavioral Actions of Neuroleptics

  • Stuart Fielding
  • Harbans Lal

Abstract

The term “neuroleptic” was proposed by Jean Delay and Pierre Deniker in 1955 to the French Academy of Medicine. Delay and Deniker defined a neuroleptic as an agent which induced a syndrome of behavioral and psychic symptoms that is observed in patients after administration of chlorpromazine-like drugs. By this definition, the neuroleptic drugs are those chemical substances which produce a characteristic neuroleptic syndrome in man as, at that time, the typical effects of these drugs in animals were not known. It may be pointed out that the neuroleptic syndrome is a rather acute effect of these drugs. The long-term effect that is desired of neuroleptics is to provide a cure for schizophrenia.

Keywords

Avoidance Behavior Behavioral Action Lateral Hypothalamus Anticholinergic Drug Neuroleptic Drug 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stuart Fielding
    • 1
  • Harbans Lal
    • 2
  1. 1.Hoechst-Roussel Pharmaceuticals Inc.SomervilleUSA
  2. 2.Departments of Pharmacology and PsychologyUniversity of Rhode IslandKingstonUSA

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