Again, as with estrone, results with testosterone propionate were not always so positive. In 1939, the Council of Pharmacy and Chemistry of the American Medical Association refused to accept testosterone for New and Nonofficial Remedies stating, ‘the involutional melancholia of males, for which testosterone has been suggested, has not been subjected to adequate trials, to justify androgenic therapy other than on an experimental basis.’ No ‘noticeable improvement’ in mental condition was found in 5 cases of male involutional melancholia who were treated with intramuscular injections of testosterone propionate 10mg 3 times weekly for a period of 3 to 4 weeks by Barahal (1938). Barahal (1940) also found little or no change in the mental condition of 7 psychotic male homosexual patients who were treated with intramuscular injection of testosterone propionate (25mg) 3 times weekly for 18 months. In addition, Pardoll and Belinson (1941) reported that mental improvement was not sufficiently pronounced to warrant administering testosterone propionate as routine treatment for the male involutional psychoses after treating 11 males with 10mg doses of testosterone propionate twice weekly for 3 months and observing behaviour for 2 months following cessation of therapy.
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