For many years the Fifth Medical Service of the Boston City Hospital has been in charge of almost all medical alcoholic patients admitted to this hospital. It is estimated that approximately 700 alcoholic patients are admitted to this service for treatment each year. The opportunity has been present, therefore, to study alcoholism in all its phases.
The acute alcoholic patient1 generally can be given a good prognosis as to recovery. For this reason, even when medical aid is sought for him, he receives little active therapy. In the paralytic stage of acute alcoholic poisoning, however, emergency treatment may be life saving. Patients in this stage present a picture best described by Sollmann,1 who states that the symptoms are those of beginning medullary paralysis.
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