Toxicology: Alcohol & Combination Barbiturates: Deadly

When a man who has had a few drinks and a moderate dose of barbiturates before going to bed is found seriously ill next morning, doctors have a hard time deciding just what his trou- ble is, and an even harder time treating him. If he is dead, the coroner has difficulty deciding between accident and suicide. Medical researchers are still debating whether the effects of alcohol and barbiturates*are multiplied or simply added together. But now, in a report to the American Chemical Society, a biochemist and a physician suggest an explanation for the alky-pheno combo's deadly powers.

Biochemist Jack...

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