June 21, 1890


JAMA. 1890;XIV(25):912-913. doi:10.1001/jama.1890.02410250032011

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Strychnine as a Remedy in Chronic Alcoholism and Dipsomania—Volunteer Nurses for Lepers— Sir Morell Mackenzie on "The Voice"—Amenorrhœa due to Mental Shock and with Mental Depression—A Case of Raynaud's Disease.

The most hopelessly addicted to alcoholic beverages would seem to have found a friend in a certain medical man, who has recently contributed an article on alcoholism, in which he describes seven cases of inebriety treated by hypodermic injections of strychnine. He states that in cases of chronic alcoholism and of dipsomania he has found strychnine a very valuable remedy. Not only are attacks cured, but the desire for drink ceases to exist. Even cases of delirium tremens yielded in a large measure to the influences of the method adopted. The treatment, however, would seem to be somewhat tedious, requiring to be carried out systematically and most frequently for long periods of time. In some exceptional

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