[On the protective effect of barbiturates on the brain during cardiac arrest (author's transl)].

In a suicide attempt a fifty year old woman took 100-200 tablets of barbiturates and benzodiazepines. Subsequently cardiac arrest occurred. Although the prognosis seemed infaust, full clinical recovery took place within a short time. The protection by barbiturates seems to be based on an inhibitory effect on cerebral oxidative enzymes. The maintenance of… (More)