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January 16, 1943


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Washington, D. C. Commissioner of Narcotics.

JAMA. 1943;121(3):212-213. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840030050022

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To the Editor:—  In the September 1942 issue of the American Journal of Psychiatry there appeared a paper entitled "The Psychiatric Aspects of Marihuana Intoxication" by Drs. Allentuck and Bowman. The paper contained certain observations which appear to be based on research conducted in New York City at Welfare Hospital under the auspices of the Mayor's Committee on Marihuana. In the Dec. 5, 1942 issue of The Journal there appeared an editorial on the paper by Drs. Allentuck and Bowman.The research of Drs. Allentuck and Bowman was made, it is true, on only 77 subjects, and those apparently were all drawn from a prison population. Nevertheless, several of the conclusions reached confirmed information in our possession. Thus the indication that marihuana precipitates in certain persons psychoses and unstable and disorganized personality is in accord with findings already in our possession. The conclusions of the study, as Dr. Kolb points

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