Overview: Clinical applications of the amytal interview in psychiatric emergency settings.
1979b) have suggested that the effects of sodium amytal interviews are due to non-drug factors and that the barbiturate is nothing more than a placebo.
When she has been asked if the sodium amytal interviews helped, she has replied by saying: "They took the top off it."
Serial sodium amytal interviews in the clinical setting.
The amytal interview: History and current purposes.
Amytal interviews are similar to hypnotic interviews (Kwentus, 1981).
Furthermore, amytal interviews are not always conducted according to the protocol described by Piper (1993).
Dysken, Kooser, Haraszti, and Davis (1979) carried out a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled study on the utility of amytal interviews. The individuals studied were 20 hospitalized patients with varied diagnoses (about half were schizophrenic).
Piper's (1993) review of the medical literature did not encourage use of amytal interviews: