PMCCPMCCPMCC

Search tips
Search criteria 

Advanced

 
Logo of jrsocmedLink to Publisher's site
 
J R Soc Med. 1996 January; 89(1): 37P–38P.
PMCID: PMC1295641

The pentothal test in the management of orthopaedic patients with hysterical illness.

Abstract

Hysterical illness may be defined as symptoms normally associated with disease without pathological basis. Orthopaedics attracts more of these patients than most specialties. They are intensively and expensively investigated, yet clinicians remain anxious they are missing genuine pathology. We use examination under pentothal, without analgesia, to help distinguish real from imagined symptoms. The results of a review of patients evaluated under pentothal over the past two years are presented.

Full text

Full text is available as a scanned copy of the original print version. Get a printable copy (PDF file) of the complete article (279K), or click on a page image below to browse page by page. Links to PubMed are also available for Selected References.
 
 

Selected References

These references are in PubMed. This may not be the complete list of references from this article.
  • Miller E. Hysteria: its nature and explanation. Br J Clin Psychol. 1987 Sep;26(Pt 3):163–173. [PubMed]
  • White A, Corbin DO, Coope B. The use of thiopentone in the treatment of non-organic locomotor disorders. J Psychosom Res. 1988;32(3):249–253. [PubMed]
  • MECHANIC D. The concept of illness behavior. J Chronic Dis. 1962 Feb;15:189–194. [PubMed]
  • Withrington RH, Wynn Parry CB. Rehabilitation of conversion paralysis. J Bone Joint Surg Br. 1985 Aug;67(4):635–637. [PubMed]
  • Watson CG, Buranen C. The frequency and identification of false positive conversion reactions. J Nerv Ment Dis. 1979 Apr;167(4):243–247. [PubMed]
  • Slater ET, Glithero E. A follow-up of patients diagnosed as suffering from "hysteria". J Psychosom Res. 1965 Sep;9(1):9–13. [PubMed]

Articles from Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine are provided here courtesy of Royal Society of Medicine Press