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February 9, 1924


JAMA. 1924;82(6):484-485. doi:10.1001/jama.1924.02650320054025

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Physicians as Represented on the Stage  If it is true that the general public often gets wrong ideas of medicine and physicians, it can scarcely be said that the plays which are produced at present in Paris theaters contribute much toward a better understanding, but rather the contrary. Take, for example, René Maillard's recent play, "Morphine Addicts," which makes some pretentions of inculcating moral principles. According to a public announcement issued by the theater in which it is being played, "The author has endeavored to show the terrible physical and moral decay that surely awaits the unfortunate drug addict who pretends to seek in his favorite drug, whether morphin, cocain, ether, opium or other toxic agent, the taste of rare sensations and even the secret of an ideal life. In order to make the play more striking, the author has laid bare certain scenes of picturesque realism which give the

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