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October 1, 1898

GOLD CURES IN INEBRIETY.

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SUPERINTENDENT WALNUT LODGE HOSPITAL, HARTFORD, CONN.

JAMA. 1898;XXXI(14):755-757. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.92450140009001d

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Abstract

Any remedy introduced, surrounded by mystery and sustained by falsehood and deception, is unworthy of notice. Yet a number of physicians have expressed confidence in the value of gold as a remedy, both in inebriety and allied brain affections. This theory has been recognized by reputable druggists, who have prepared several preparations of gold for administration chiefly by the needle. The empiric preparations called "gold cures" whenever analyzed are found to contain no gold whatever. The assertion that no chemist can ever make an analysis of such preparations is absurd. As a medicine gold has been rarely used by the regular profession. In the first century of the Christian era Pliny mentions it only to doubt its value unless taken with large quantities of drink, which destroys its potency for evil. The Arabian physicians for hundreds of years mentioned gold as an elixir of life, believing it of value in

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