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September 27, 1913

Pathologic Inebriety.

JAMA. 1913;61(13_part_1):1062-1063. doi:10.1001/jama.1913.04350130056027

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It is not to the credit of the medical profession that probably a large majority of its members look on the man suffering from an overdose of alcohol as a "drunk" of the more or less common variety. Whatever may be the cause of the intoxication, or whatever one's attitude toward the questions of personal temperance or general prohibition may be, the person who has taken, either in a long or a short period, an overdose of alcohol in any form is quite as much a subject for proper professional treatment as is the victim of morphin or strychnin poisoning. That the majority of physicians need information and instruction on the treatment of inebriety will be admitted by all who have given the subject serious consideration. Dr. Cooper endeavors to show that any efforts to cure inebriety by punishment are not only mistaken but also useless, and that proper medical

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