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A. Somatic and Physiological Effects The action on the neurovegetative system is very marked. Mydriasis is almost constant. Changes in the pulse rate are usual; bradycardia is found in two-thirds of the normal subjects and in one half of the mental patients; in the others the rate is increased or varies. Instability of blood pressure is frequently seen, but isolated hypertension and hypotension are about equally common. 70 per cent. of cases show increased tendon reflexes. Normal subjects present subjective complaints more often than do mental patients.

1 9 5 9 , 9 , 4 6 9 . Dr. R. A . S A N D I S O N (Worcester): I rather hesitate to make this contribution, but it is based on something Dr. McKellar said, and we may not have another opportunity to introduce this particular topic. I was interested to hear Dr. McKellar say that thinking was interrupted in his subjects whereas there was an inability to inhibit the side associations. Just in passing, it occurs to me that the side associations to which Dr. McKellar refers are among the material which the psychotherapist is making use of in the treatment of patients with hallucinogenic drugs.

In the U. S. , LSD has been given to a wide range of patients suffering from almost every conceivable variety of neurosis and psychosis, including pregnant women and children, without much apparent damage, and one must attribute the low rate of complications and suicides recorded by Cohen (1960) who collected material from many clinics, to the peculiar understanding which the therapists had of the needs of the patient in the LSD treatment situation. There is general agreement amongst workers in many countries as to the method which constitutes psycholytic therapy.

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