Medicine: One-Two Punch

The patient was a middle-aged factory worker who got fed up with his job and his fellow workers. One day he suddenly blew up and was dragged away, struggling, to a hospital. There he quickly developed total amnesia; he could not even recognize his wife. A month later, still in a mental fog, he was examined by Boston's Psychiatrist Abraham Myerson,

Dr. Myerson decided to try a simple prescription: he gave the patient a mild dose of a soothing drug (sodium amytal) to lower his inhibitions and make him talk, combined with a stimulant (Benzedrine) to keep him awake. Then he closeted...

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