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Sodium pentathol is a barbiturate drug medically used as a short-acting general anaesthetic. As a side effect at low doses, it lowers the inhibitions of those into whom it is injected. This makes it difficult for a person under its influence to lie coherently. It is the closest real-life equivalent to the frequent fiction plot device of truth serum.

Sodium pentathol in Southern VictoryEdit

In 1943, US Army surgeon Dr. Leonard O'Doull administered sodium pentathol to Confederate quartermaster colonel Travis W. W. Oliphant when Oliphant, a POW, was interrogated by US Army Intelligence.

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