By Norman Kerr, M. D., F. L. S., etc. Second edition. London: 1889. Pp.471.
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The first edition of this work appeared only a little over a year ago. Such an early call for a new edition shows how favorably the book has been received. In general the author takes the same ground as do most of the recent writers upon the subject, namely, that inebriety is a nervous disease closely allied to certain forms of insanity, manifesting itself sometimes periodically, sometimes continuously; that the patient must have some predisposition to inebriety, the most potent cause being hereditary influence; and, in the matter of treatment, that the physician must be guided by the same principles in accordance with which he studies and treats other diseases. There is apparently nothing new on the subject of treatment. It is still a vexed question, on which authorities differ.
Inebriety: its Etiology, Pathology, Treatment and Jurisprudence.. JAMA. 1890;XIV(2):72. doi:10.1001/jama.1890.02410020036012