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January 1958

Le délirium tremens

AMA Arch NeurPsych. 1958;79(1):122. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1958.02340010140013

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This study is the result of an attempt to find a more rational and effective treatment of a syndrome caused by the ingestion of ethyl alcohol which is increasing alarmingly in France.

One of the difficulties in the study is the lack of any sharp definition of the syndrome called delirium tremens. This is the principal cause of the extremely varied statistics dealing with the problem and the principal difficulty with establishing the value of any treatment. The syndrome goes over, on the one hand, into the simple transitory periods of confused delirium common in acute alcoholism and, on the other hand, into the serious acute delirium of the hyperazotemic. Recognizing the impossibility of giving pathognomonic signs for the disorder, the authors insist on the following differential points of the clinical picture.

The elevation of the temperature is more important than in the acute confusional attack but less elevated than

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