In a recent paper1 Dr. Church and Dr. Hutchinson called attention to the untoward and even fatal results of the prolonged and excessive use of trional and sulphonal. It is true, as they state, that "during the past few years both the profession and the laity have been using sulphonal and trional in the most reckless manner, due to the widespread belief that the employment of these remedies is comparatively without danger."
It is my desire to seek further into the causes why a belief fraught with so much danger has become so prevalent and to call attention to further instances where the above mentioned as well as other hypnotic and sedative drugs have been abused, both by patients and in some cases even by practitioners.
It seems to us, in considering the causes why individuals are so prone to excess in the use of hypnotic drugs, that there
ROGERS AW. HYPNOTICS—THEIR USE AND ABUSE.. JAMA. 1902;XXXVIII(14):873-875. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.62480140019001d