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December 12, 1903


JAMA. 1903;XLI(24):1482. doi:10.1001/jama.1903.02490430036011

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In a recent inquest in New York, according to press reports, a man has been declared as having died of "refined alcoholism." He was suddenly stricken after a surgical operation and died from what was alleged to be delirium tremens. He had been supposed to be of temperate habits, taking only moderate drinks at morning and night, but it would appear that his system had become disorganized, if not saturated, by the agent and the effects on the nervous system were such as to bring about these results. The verdict may have been a correct one, and based on facts presented. It has long been recognized that alcohol in any dose is not a safe prescription for certain constitutions, but its possibilities of danger have seldom been fully realized. The fact that a large number of persons can apparently thrive while more or less under its influence is no proof

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