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JAMA 100 Years Ago
January 8, 2003


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

JAMA. 2003;289(2):240. doi:10.1001/jama.289.2.240-a

As an illustration of one of the popular types of self-drugging, we notice an item which has been going the rounds of the papers for some time, ostensibly coming from a physician's communication in a medical journal, which advises the use of equal parts of peppermint water and spirits of chloroform as a remedy for sleeplessness. Of course, advice is often given in medical journals not intended for the public. The consequences of the general use of spirits of chloroform by the public whenever they can not go to sleep would not be altogether satisfactory to contemplate, and though the physician would probably have to be called in, there might be cases where the outcome might be disappointing. Nothing is said about the dose in the newspaper items, therefore the victims, for that is what we may call them, would have a chance to do themselves up in the most approved fashion. Other items of this kind are extant—this is only one of many—but now and then it is worth while to notice them.

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