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November 27, 1897

The Tonic for Alcoholics.

JAMA. 1897;XXIX(22):1126-1127. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440480042014

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Trenton, N.J., Nov. 18, 1897.

To the Editor:  —Replying to the query of Dr. W. K. Curtis, (videJournal of November 13), I would say that the tonic used in all the cure establishments is:This is the tonic. Ipecac added to this will produce nausea, and is tasteless. The more ipecac the more nausea. This will in time disgust a patient and produce a dislike for liquor. The ipecac is added after drinking, without the knowledge of the patient. A hypodermic of apomorphia, one-tenth grain, a short time after drinking, will produce excessive vomiting. The patient must not know the cause of the vomiting. These things can be worked in the tonic without arousing the patient's suspicion; thus the trick of these institutions. The hypodermic is used when a tonic is given hypodermically, on some pretext, after drinking. Yours fraternally,

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