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July 10, 1926

Der Kokainismus. Geschichte, Pathologie, medizinische und behördliche Bekämpfung.

JAMA. 1926;87(2):119. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02680020047031

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This is essentially a treatise on the psychiatry of cocainism. The author discusses in considerable detail the various types of hallucinations, special symptoms, differentìal diagnosis, prognosis, therapeutics and governmental control. The hallucinations of cocainism are frequently of such a type as to lead to acts of violence: robbery, sexual crimes and, less frequently, homicide. Abstinence symptoms arc not at all serious so far as the health of the cocainist is concerned, but the mental state is such that cures are difficult to obtain, usually requiring prolonged incarceration. The combination of morphinism with cocainism appears to be still more serious in that the mental decadence occurs more quickly, leading within a few months to delirium requiring hospitalization. The volume contains a rather more exhaustive study of the psychosis than the monograph by Joel and Frankel. It appears to be sound and well worth the time of those interested in this field.

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