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January 5, 1957


JAMA. 1957;163(1):68. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02970360070020

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To the Editor:—  In the Nov. 10 issue of The Journal, page 1091, was an abstract of an article that appeared in the August issue of the A. M. A. Archives of Neurology and Psychiatry (page 205) reporting possible habit-forming properties of meprobamate in a few alcoholics. This report is, I think, of extreme importance in view of the great acceptance of the drug by both the profession and the laity and in view of the wide range of conditions for which the drug has been prescribed. I think, however, that before we do more than suggest the possibility of habit formation and urge careful supervision in prescribing the drug, we will have to be confronted with cases of addiction in patients other than alcoholics. The alcoholic presents a special case as far as addiction and excessive self-medication are concerned and cannot in any sense give an accurate picture of

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