Medicine: Pills for the Mind

U.S. psychiatrists are busy digesting a mass of research reports on the revolutionary use of drugs to relieve tension and to make mental patients more accessible to treatment. How are the early "tranquilizer" drugs standing up under the test of time? And how do the new ones look? The investigators' answers fall out of date almost as soon as printed, because new drugs and fresh research reports are coming out so fast. But here are the answers to date:

Chlorpromazine (brand name: Thorazine), first of the ataraxics or tranquilizing drugs used in North America,...

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