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June 3, 1939

AMPHETAMINE IN CHRONIC ALCOHOLISM

Author Affiliations

Harvard Medical School, Boston.

JAMA. 1939;112(22):2346. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800220112025

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Abstract

To the Editor:—  The reply which recently appeared in Queries and Minor Notes to a letter relative to the use of amphetamine (benzedrine) in the treatment of chronic alcoholism as recommended by Dr. Wilfred Bloomberg might easily give rise to a regrettable misunderstanding. Dr. Bloomberg made the suggestion only after long experience with the drug in other conditions, for he (with Prinzmetal) was the first to report its effectiveness in the treatment of narcolepsy. He has further, in preparation, a detailed study of the effects of large doses given over a period of three years to some of his early patients and a careful survey of all the cases in which ill effects are reported to have followed the use of the drug. This study has led him to the belief that its use under medical supervision is entirely justified when dealing with such serious diseases as narcolepsy and chronic

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