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January 30, 1904


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JAMA. 1904;XLII(5):298-300. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.92490500018001f

The cases here reported have been selected from among many others which perhaps might be in themselves more interesting; but it has been my aim to select only such as would demonstrate the fact that many of the cases which appear to be the most hopeless will, when properly treated, become good and respectable citizens. A certain percentage of these patients may be restored to perfect health, physically, mentally and morally, and will remain so, regardless of the quantity taken, the length of time used, the manner of administration or the age. Just what that percentage is I do not know. It is with me an utter impossibility to even venture a guess as to who will remain free from the addiction and who will, as soon as the opportunity presents itself, relapse into the former condition. Being unable to distinguish between them, there remains only to do as we

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