His father was a physician and colonial officer who died in from tetanus. Laborit contracted tuberculosis at age In Paris, he earned a baccalaureate. He spent two years in Indochina on a hospital ship. He was sent to Sidi Abdallah Bizerte.
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His father was a physician and colonial officer who died in from tetanus. Laborit contracted tuberculosis at age In Paris, he earned a baccalaureate. He spent two years in Indochina on a hospital ship. He was sent to Sidi Abdallah Bizerte. He was saved by an English sloop that picked him up. He received the French Military Cross with distinction. He was later stationed in Dakar. Surgeons were sometimes responsible for anesthetics and as a French navy surgeon, Laborit had seen patients die as a result of or after their operations.
He became a researcher in anesthesiology. He advocated the use of procaine , synthetic antihistamines , Diparcol diethazine , tetraethylammonium bromide and vitamin B1. He did not like to use morphine.
With Pierre Huguenard, Laborit invented the lytic cocktail, a combination of drugs that could be given to patients to reduce the shock and stress they experienced during and after surgery. Huguenard had success with a combination of promethazine and pethidine , at the time under the trade names Diparcol and Dolossal, and told Laborit of his finding. These drugs made bodies stop their reactions to cooling. So Charpentier created a new series of phenothiazines , one of them by adding a chlorine atom.
Alluaume published "A new vegetative stabilizer: RP. No one won a Nobel Prize for the discovery,  and Jean Delay of the Sainte-Anne Hospital Center , who wanted to win himself, sat on the Nobel committee but was opposed to giving it to Laborit.
Kline and Robert H. Noce, both of whom advanced reserpine as a treatment for mental illness, as well as Rustom Jal Vakil for treating hypertension with reserpine, and, unrelated, Richard E. Shope for pioneering our understanding of viruses. His interests included psychotropic drugs and memory. Laborit published "Sodium 4-hydroxybutyrate" in the International Journal of Neuropharmacology in September He was elected a Chevalier of the Legion of Honor in Healy notes a few attempts to set the record straight: a book by Jean Thuillier that credits Delay and Deniker and Laborit, a s book by Ann Caldwell that sided with Laborit, and a book by Judith Swazey, Chlorpromazine in Psychiatry, which gave credit to both sides.
Animated by a robustly nonconformist spirit, he maintained an independence from academia and never sought to produce the orderly results that science requires of its adherents. His laboratory was self-funded for decades and allowed him to pursue his interdisciplinary interests. He is widely considered to be a pioneer of systems thinking and complexity theory in France. Laborit later became a research head at Boucicault Hospital in Paris. His interests included psychotropic drugs, eutonology, and memory. He pioneered the use of dopamine antagonists to reduce shock in injured soldiers. His Henri Laborit was a French surgeon, researcher, writer and philosopher.
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