November 27, 1926

Opium the Demon Flower.

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By Sara Graham-Mulhall. Cloth. Price, $2. Pp. 310. New York: Harold Vinal, 1926.

JAMA. 1926;87(22):1855. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02680220071035

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The author was formerly first deputy commissioner in the department of narcotic drug control in New York. In the present volume she presents many facts regarding the uses of opium and morphine, complicated, however, by distinct prejudices resulting from her intimate contact with persons suffering from addiction. The book opens with an account of the drug addicts seen in the clinic, and with special chapters on children and intellectual addicts. Another section of the book is devoted to cocaine and to a study of the psychology of drug addiction. The author feels that there is no cure for drug addiction except complete prohibition of opium and cocaine. It is, of course, for men to decide in this instance whether or not all ought to be made to suffer because of the incompetent, weak-willed and inadequate few. Mrs. Graham-Mulhall analyzes the position of America in relation to the problem of drug

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