Morton Levitt

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The classical criteria for the evaluation of clinical trials in cancer reflect alterations in physical well-being, but are insensitive to other important factors, such as psychosocial state, sociability, and somatic sensation that may play a critical role in determining the patients' functional response to their illness and its treatment. The Functional(More)
OBJECTIVE Euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide have become prominent medical and social issues. This study investigated the prevalence of the desire for death in terminally ill patients, the stability of this desire over time, and its association with psychiatric disorders. METHOD Two hundred terminally ill inpatients were given semistructured(More)
Thirty-one of 43 patients with panic disorder or agoraphobia with panic attacks and none of 20 normal controls panicked in response to infusions of sodium lactate. Before receiving lactate, patients showed higher heart rates than controls and also signs of hyperventilation. During lactate infusion, patients who did not panic, nevertheless, developed higher(More)
Forty-three patients with panic disorder or agoraphobia with panic attacks and 20 control subjects received 0.5 M racemic sodium lactate intravenous infusions, single-blind as to duration and sequence. During the procedure, pulse; blood pressure; blood L-lactate and pyruvate; plasma ionized calcium, phosphate, prolactin, epinephrine, norepinephrine, and(More)
To assess the pharmacologic and phenomenologic comparability of lactate-induced and naturally occurring panic attacks, patients meeting DSM-III criteria for panic disorder or agoraphobia with panic attacks were infused with 0.5M racemic sodium lactate before and after successful drug treatment. Lactate-induced and naturally occurring panic attacks were(More)
This report describes a simple and sensitive radiometric assay for catechol-o-methyltransferase activity in human erythrocytes and other tissues. Saturating concentrations of the endogenous catecholamines and S-adenosylmethionine are used under optimum assay conditions. Erythrocyte catechol-o-methyltransferase activity is also dependent on storage(More)
Quality of life research is an emerging science of particular relevance to clinical cancer research. The development and utilization of valid and reliable quality of life measures as outcome parameters may profoundly alter the clinical trials process. Such measures, contrary to prevailing opinion, may be as accurate and precise as conventional measures, but(More)