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March 6, 1886

A PLEA IN BEHALF OF A NAVAL HOSPITAL FOR INEBRIATES.

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MARSHALL, VIRGINIA.

JAMA. 1886;VI(10):257-261. doi:10.1001/jama.1886.04250030005002
Abstract

In this paper it is proposed to discuss: First, the history and origin of hospitals for inebriates; Secondly, the presentation of facts to prove that inebriety is a disease; Thirdly, the value and results of institutional treatment; and Fourthly, the present necessity of a special hospital for the treatment of inebriates of the Navy.

First.  —Dr. T. D. Crothers, in a paper read before the London Branch of the British Medical Association, states that " the earliest organized effort in modern times to prevent inebriety was a temperance society which began in New York State in 1828." I may add that two years previously, in 1826, a like organization was started in Boston. The object of these societies was to aid others in pledging themselves to abstain from the use of all intoxicants, and to help each other to carry out this resolution. The Washington societies began in 1840; this movement was

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