THE 'ADRENERGIC THEORY' OF SHOCK REVISITED.
OKLAHOMA UNIV MEDICAL CENTER OKLAHOMA CITY
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The purpose of the paper is to challenge the adequacy of current dogma concerning the pathophysiology of profound shock. It is emphasized that little is known of what actually transpires in severe shock states, and the time has come to recognize the inadequacies of presently accepted theories. There are many evidences which fail to support the adrenergic theory of shock, and these are discussed. In conclusion, it is pointed out that if one is to avoid being the victim of his own myths, he must reject inapplicable pathophysiological theories and ineffective therapy, and search for more valid concepts and more effective drugs. Author
- Anatomy and Physiology
- Medicine and Medical Research