April 30, 1932

Reclaiming the Drinker.

JAMA. 1932;98(18):1591. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02730440071036

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This is written as an advertisement of the Towns treatment and hospital. Mr. Towns is against alcohol in any form internally and says that "the time may come in the not-distant future when to prescribe alcohol in sickness may be considered malpractice." He further advises that while he is not a physician he has a somewhat extensive knowledge of pathology, sociology, criminology, biology and psychic reclamation based on long research and experience, and that he fully understands this subject and can be of service to the alcoholic addict or physician in charge. He quotes many medical men and professors in their arguments against alcohol, presenting nothing new or of scientific interest; but evidently Mr. Towns has not read or does not approve of Starling's work "The Action of Alcohol on Man." He says that "the sudden withdrawal of alcoholic beverages is the real reason for alcoholic insanity or development of

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