The Prisoner: Science: Mytol

Mytol is the trade name of one of over 1500 drugs synthesized from the benzodiazepine group after the discovery of substance Ro-5-0690, later known as chlordiazepoxide (Librium), and its sister medications diazepam (Valium) and oxazepam (Serax). Its scientific name is unavailable– that would be telling!

Most benzodiazepines were rejected as unsuitable for human testing in the medical community for their intended purpose of treating anxiety because of their side effects. Former Unmutual Scientist Number 86 saw the potential for Mytol as a method for behavior control and an aid for interrogation because it reduces the subject to a calm, agreeable, suggestible, childlike state.

Doses are 8 grains every four hours administered orally in tablet form, or secretly dissolved in a liquid. Mytol has many uses for behavior modification, but as it works only short-term the subject requires special observation. It is often combined with the Social Conversion procedure.

Speculative scientific aspects of The Prisoner have come from a combination of the television episodes, related comics and novels, and unrelated scientific resources. This article is copyright Pet Serrano 2003. Carlton International owns all rights to The Prisoner.

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