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September 25, 1909

THE OBLITERATION OF THE CRAVING FOR NARCOTICS

Author Affiliations

Visiting Physician to Bellevue Hospital; Professor of Clinical Medicine, Cornell University NEW YORK

JAMA. 1909;LIII(13):985-989. doi:10.1001/jama.1909.92550130001001

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Abstract

If some years ago any one had told me that it was possible to take away the desire for morphin, cocain, or alcohol in less than five days with a minimum of discomfort and suffering to the patient, I should have felt justified in treating the statement with a polite skepticism. Such, however, is the fact, if the treatment which is about to be described in this article is carefully carried out. I do not doubt that in my turn I shall be met with skepticism, and perhaps ridicule, and more especially from those members of the profession who have struggled and toiled to break up the morphin and cocain habits. Heretofore there has been nothing so discouraging, so trying to both physician and patient, as the endeavor to eradicate the craving for these drugs.

In my service in the alcoholic wards of Bellevue Hospital most of the patients

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