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To the Editor:—
It would appear from a casual reading of Dr. Pettey's article (The Journal, May 14, 1910, p. 1593) that his method of procedure in treating drug addictions is radically opposed to that set forth by Dr. Alexander Lambert (The Journal, Sept. 25, 1909, p. 985). As a matter of fact, the underlying principle and purpose in both treatments are the same. Dr. Pettey's article, on careful analysis, reads not unlike a document designed explain the various steps followed in the Lambert method.Dr. Pettey lays stress on the fact that he administers the purgatives so that they may act at a time when the paralyzing effect on peristalsis, of the narcotic to which the patient is addicted, is at a minimum. That is, he takes advantage of the habitué's customary absence from his drug during his sleeping hours; when, naturally, peristalsis is being reestablished. Precisely this idea is
Wholey CC. Comments on Dr. Pettey's Article Criticizing the Lambert Treatment for Drug Addictions. JAMA. 1910;55(2):140. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.04330020044023