Joseph Schoepf

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The therapeutic efficacy of lithium added to tricyclic antidepressants (TCA) or related thymoleptics was investigated in 27 endogenous depressive patients responding unsatisfactorily to these drugs alone. All patients received lithium during two weeks, however, with a delay of one week in 13 of them, the attribution to active treatment or placebo for the(More)
A subgroup of 16 out of 30 endogenous depressive inpatients (cf. part I), treated for 3 weeks with 150 mg amitriptyline (AT) daily, participated in a pharmacogenetic study: all were phenotyped with debrisoquine and 3 of them with mephenytoin. Four patients were found to be poor metabolizers (PMs) of debrisoquine and one of mephenytoin. Plasma levels of AT +(More)
As part of a follow-up and family study of post-partum psychoses, this episode of illness being the first leading to psychiatric hospitalisation, patients with puerperal episodes (PE) and nonpuerperal episodes (NPE) of illness in the long-term course (n=79) were compared to patients with PE only (n=40). Few differences were found. Relatives of patients with(More)
A group of 119 patients suffering from a severe psychiatric postpartum disorder who were admitted for the first time in their life to a psychiatric hospital has been investigated. The onset of illness occurred within 3 months following delivery. The patients represented 92% of the total sample fulfilling the inclusion criteria. A follow-up investigation was(More)
Cardiac computed tomography (CT) is an evolving modality that includes a variety of examinations to assess the anatomy and pathology of the cardiac chambers, valves, myocardium, coronary arteries and veins, pericardium, aortic root, and central great vessels. The development of multidetector CT scanners with increasing numbers of detector rows, narrow(More)
A group of 30 patients suffering from endogenous depression was treated with 150 mg amitriptyline (AT) for 21 days. Depression ratings and determinations of total and free plasma AT and nortriptyline (NT) were performed weekly. No correlation between clinical improvement and any of the biochemical parameters was found. Thus, this study does not support the(More)
The study compares altered states of consciousness induced by the hallucinogens (--)delta9-trans-Tetrahydrocannabinol (delta9-THC) and N,N-Dimethyltryptamine (DMT) using two placebo control groups. A total of 24 subjects received 250 mug delta9-THC p.o./kg body weight and 26 subjects were treated with 250 mug DMT i.m./kg. Placebo was given to 24 subjects.(More)
Ten healthy volunteers were injected i.v. with 5 mg Ro 15-1788, a specific benzodiazepine antagonist, or placebo in a double-blind randomised design. In the EEG, Ro 15-1788 led--with some topographical variations--to a diminution of theta and alpha power, an increase of alpha mean frequency and a decrease of delta mean frequency. In auditory evoked(More)
The EPs to bilaterally presented non-verbal and non-cognitive visual and auditory stimuli were studied in 15 schizophrenics and 15 normal subjects. Many anomalies of exogenous components of VEPs and AEPs were observed in schizophrenics in comparison with control subjects, pointing to an abnormal cerebral functioning. So, the patients presented: (1) a less(More)
Alpha1-acid glycoprotein (AAG) is one of the plasma proteins that bind basic drugs, like amitriptyline (AT) and its metabolite nortriptyline (NT). Two types of genetic polymorphism have been described for AAG: polymorphic forms which, on electrophoresis of the native protein, give four patterns with 5, 6, 7 or 8 bands, and the variants which on by(More)