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CMAJ. 1992 Apr 1;146(7):1191-7.

Psychopharmacology of lycanthropy.

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Orphan Drug Research Institute, Jefferson, Miss.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To develop pharmacotherapies for the orphan disease lycanthropy through the pursuit of the etiologic hypothesis of a genetically determined hypersecretion of endogenous lycanthropogens.

DESIGN:

Quadruple-blind, Rubik's Cube matrix analysis.

SETTING:

Community practice and malpractice.

PARTICIPANTS:

Subjects selected from inbred Ruficolla populations in Mississippi, Georgia, North Carolina and Minnesota. All who entered the study finished it.

INTERVENTIONS:

Chemical screening of blood samples over a hypothesized secretory cycle of lycanthropogen peaking on the day of maximum lunar illumination. Administration of synthetic lycanthropogens for behavioural testing. Experimental lycosomatization through the illumination method of Kirschbaum.

OUTCOME MEASURES:

None were post hoc, but some are still in hock.

MAIN RESULTS:

Two putative lycanthropogens were isolated from the blood samples. Structural elucidation and synthesis permitted animal and clinical trials; in each of these, behavioural dysfunction was observed. Antilycanthropogen strategies included application of the principle of caged compounds and generation of a therapeutic immunoglobulin. The effects of a newly developed antihirsutic agent seemed promising. An interaction of the lycanthropogen-secretion system and ethanol was noted, which may explain behavioural aspects of alcoholism.

CONCLUSIONS:

The incidence of lycomania in North America is underestimated. Soon-to-be-available pharmacotherapies should promote its early detection and treatment. Full control may depend upon advances in gene therapy.

PMID:
1555146
PMCID:
PMC1488342
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