Year: 1974 Source: Archives of General Psychiatry, v.31, (August 1974), p.216-220 SIEC No: 19842208

Studies of a nonfatal & fatal case of barbituate poisoning have been used in a discussion of the differential diagnosis of accidental vs intentional poisoning. They show that, although cases of accidental barbituate poisoning do occur, they are not caused by drug automatism. The persistence of the drug automatism hypothesis is partially explained by the tendency of many patients, their relatives & physicians to deny the self-destructive motives & actions of the patient.