Barbiturates and Eye Vergence


IT has been demonstrated1 that barbiturates influence conjugate eye movements selectively in that they abolish the smooth tracking movements while leaving the saccadic movements intact. Disjunctive eye movements have time characteristics akin to the tracking movements ; some effect of barbiturates on convergence has been mentioned2.

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    Rashbass, C., Nature, 183, 897 (1959).

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    Bergman, P. S., Nathanson, M., and Bender, M. B., Arch. Neurol. Psychiat., 67, 357 (1952).

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    Adler, F. H., Physiology of the Eye, third ed., 442 (The C. V. Mosby Co., St. Louis, 1959).

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    Rashbass, C., and Westheimer, G., J. Physiol. (in the press).

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WESTHEIMER, G., RASHBASS, C. Barbiturates and Eye Vergence. Nature 191, 833–834 (1961).

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