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It is not my intention to enter into elaborate statistics to prove the prevalence of the opium disease, or to discuss the causes which operate in its production; suffice it to say, that the habitual consumption of opium and its products does exist to a very alarming extent in this country, and that some of the causes which give rise to this malady are under our control; others are beyond our power. Nor do I purpose portraying the dire physical and mental manifestations resulting from the daily and prolonged use of the drug, interesting and instructive as the subject might prove to be, but rather do I wish to confine myself to a consideration of the treatment of this disease as it is presented to us, and indicate those methods which, in my hands, have proved most practicable, and, in my opinion, calculated to produce the best results.
LETT S. TREATMENT OF THE OPIUM NEUROSIS.Read before the Section of Medical Jurisprudence and Neurology, at the Forty-second Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association, held at Washington, D. C., May, 1891.. JAMA. 1891;XVII(22):828-833. doi:10.1001/jama.1891.02411000006001a