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It is a fact—striking though sad—that more cases of morphinism are met with among medical men than in all other professions combined. It is too true that a very large proportion of cases in general are found in our own fraternity.
In a paper, "Opium Addiction among Medical Men," presented in the Medical Record, eleven years ago—June 9, 1883, reference was made to the dismissal within a week of a half dozen doctors recovered from this disease, and attention called to the surprising frequency with which it occurs in this particular class. Another decade of professional work exclusively given to the betterment of such patients has brought no decrease in this number; indeed the reverse has quite steadily obtained, so that in a paper, "The Ethics of Opium Habitués," Medical and Surgical Reporter, Sept. 8, 1888, in a résumé of 300 cases, we noted 118 doctors, and of 125 most
MATTISON JB. MORPHINISM IN MEDICAL MEN.Read in the Section on Practice of Medicine, at the Forty-fifth Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association, held at San Francisco. June 5-8. 1894.. JAMA. 1894;XXIII(5):186-188. doi:10.1001/jama.1894.02421100014002d