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SCIENCE IN CRIMINOLOGY........ESSENTIAL TIP 1

NARCOANALYSIS IS OBSOLESCENT

1. Narcoanalysis has a very minimal therapeutic application in certain cases of hysteria and drug addiction, otherwise, it is an obsolescent clinical diagnostic / investigatory tool with no application in criminology.

2. Narcoanalysis is fraught with acute life-threatening consequences in a certain percentage of people and despite the risk involved it may not be better or worse than ethyl alcohol in it's capacity to induce disinhibition. This risk to life could pose a series of legal complications when the tool is used by force for non-medical purposes.

3. The information evolving under the disinhibitory influence of narcoanalysis would be some strange combination of the person's suppressed fantasies, desires and shreds of truth and criminals on account of their already twisted personalities could easily manipulate the presentation of such information in order to confuse the examiner / interpreter.

4. Should the person be an abuser of other intoxicants / narcotics, which is also likely to be the case in criminals, narcoanalysis could fail to disinhibit them on account of the property of "cross-tolerance" between pentothal sodium and other intoxicants.

By
Dr. S Selvakumaran,
Psychiatrist,
Erode, Tamilnadu,
India
638 003.
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