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May 3, 1890

TREATMENT OF MORPHINE HABIT.

Author Affiliations

OF KANSAS CITY, MO., SURGEON TO EAST SIDE DISPENSARY.

JAMA. 1890;XIV(18):648-650. doi:10.1001/jama.1890.02410180020001d

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Abstract

By the introduction of new remedies considerable change has taken place during the past three years in the management of cases of the morphine habit. My present method of treating is, briefly, this: Upon admission to the hospital the patient is introduced to his special nurse who is to be his constant companion during the succeeding six weeks, and after being made comfortable is given an initiatory bath. He is then requested to give up his instruments and morphine as the physician henceforth is to attend to the administration of the drug; he does this willingly and makes no attempt to concealment if he be in earnest about undergoing treatment—if he be not, cure were better left unattempted. Under no circumstances is the patient humiliated by searching the clothing and trunk, as advised by many authors—it is the keynote of dissatisfaction and discord can be the only result; in other

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