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September 3, 1892

NON-NARCOTIC TREATMENT OF DELIRIUM TREMENS.

JAMA. 1892;XIX(10):291-292. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02420100023003

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Abstract

Dr. Norman Kerr made some remarks at the Nottingham meeting of the British Medical Association, in favor of the use of the liquor ammoniæ acetatis, to the exclusion of all narcotics, in delirium tremens. He stated that he now relied, even in the graver forms of the trouble, on drachm doses of that remedy, given every hour. Milk, beef juice, broth and coffee are frequently administered. In the case of a publican, in his third seizure, rendered especially serious by an intercurrent eplosion of epilepsy, this treatment resulted in sleep at the end of seventy hours. This sleep lasted four hours, after which there was a period of wakefulness for four hours more, and then a long sleep of twenty hours. The subsequent recovery was more rapid than from his second attack, which had been treated with opium and bromides: in that seizure even after a forced narcotic sleep the

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