October 11, 1890

ALCOHOLIC HEREDITY IN DISEASES OF CHILDREN.Read in the Section of Diseases of Children at the Forty-first Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association, at Nashville, Tenn,, May, 1890.

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JAMA. 1890;XV(15):531-533. doi:10.1001/jama.1890.02410410011001d

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A. B. came under my care for home treatment for periodic inebriety. He has used wine on the table at meals for twenty years; for ten years past he had drank in paroxisms. His wife used wine on the table also, and during pregnancy and lactation had used both beer and wine freely. He had two children, one a girl of eight years, the other a boy five years old, both invalids, and had been under constant medical care from infancy, the general diagnosis being scrofula and general anæmia; and both were of pale and delicate appearance, extremely excitable and nervous.

They had continuous irritation of the stomach, from an unrestricted diet of all kinds of foods and drinks, except wine and beer; were very passionate at the slightest opposition to their wishes, and after a period of rage would be greatly exhausted and have a distinct fever for a

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