oa South African Medical Journal - Alcohol-barbiturate synergism

Volume 27, Issue 47
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



1. Experimental and clinical evidence of an additive (and possibly potentiative) synergism between ethyl alcohol and the barbiturate drugs is reviewed. 2. Two cases suggestive of death by this means, are reported. 3. The diagnostic, therapeutic and forensic aspects of this synergism are noted.

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