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March 18, 1905

SOME MINOR OR BORDERLINE PSYCHOSES OF ALCOHOLISM.

Author Affiliations

JACKSONVILLE, ILL.

JAMA. 1905;XLIV(11):865-868. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.92500380029001d
Abstract

The following case is representative of a class of minor psychoses, psychoses peculiarly a feature of alcoholism.

Case 1.  —Man, aged 42; married; farmer, with no family history of mental or nervous disease; with no history of previous serious illness; syphilis denied.

History.  —For a number of years, at least twenty, has been given to drinking "bouts," not marked with periodicity and largely a self-willed desire to drink more for social reasons and to sustain a reputation which he had earned of being able to drink any man in the county under the table. In addition he was regarded as "the strong man" in the community. He was of athletic build, 6 feet 3 inches tall, weight 370 pounds, proportionately distributed. As a young man he was the champion wing shot, trap shooter and rifle marksman of the county. His desire to excel extended to his ability to drink whisky,

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