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JAMA 100 Years Ago
September 19, 2001


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JAMA 100 Years Ago Section Editor: Jennifer Reiling, Assistant Editor.

JAMA. 2001;286(11):1289. doi:10.1001/jama.286.11.1289

The Lancet, August 10.

On the Physiologic Cure of the Morphia Habit. W. OSCAR JENNINGS.—The author claims that before the publication of his little work in 1890 there existed no treatment of the morphia craving founded on therapeutic indications. His first observations were made in his own case and he has had opportunity of verifying these during the last ten years. He remarks that there are many persons who lack the will power to carry out the treatment alone. There are others who want to get well and have no real craving that prevents them, but are suffering from hysteric neuro-mimetic craving. In these cases great tact is necessary. Such patients should never know how much morphin they are taking or what other agents are being administered. The symptoms, though really distressing, are entirely ideal. If a patient is seriously desirous of giving up, he should commence by renouncing all liberty of action during the treatment, give up his syringe and his solution and be guarded against all temptation. When the morphin is associated with some other addiction, the first thing is to suppress the other stimulant, whatever it may be. This is not difficult if it be alcohol or cocain. The quantity of morphin taken becomes more satisfactory instead of being antidoted, as it were, by the other stimulant when they were taken together.