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Safety of Amobarbital

J Clin Psychiatry 1997;58(4):175 [letter]

Letter to the Editor

Sir: I agree with Dr. Marcum’s conclusion that sedative interviews are of questionable value in recovering repressed affects and memories. In fact, prior placebo-controlled studies have shown that intravenous sedatives have minimal value in the anamnesis of the neurotic patient. By comparison, the superiority of a sedative versus placebo in a medication-facilitated interview has been demonstrated in catatonia.