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January 17, 1885


Author Affiliations

Professor of the Theory and Practice of Medicine and Clinical Medicine, Medical College of Ohio.

JAMA. 1885;IV(3):67-71. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.02390780011001b

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A Clinical Lecture Delivered at the Good Samaritan Hospital, Cincinnati, December 1, 1884.

[Reported by James M. French, M. D., Assistant to the Chair.]

Gentlemen—The resident physician, Dr. Carter, will read us the history of the case:

"History—Thomas D., æt. 48, a laborer, has been a hard drinker for twenty-seven years. For a period of five or six years just preceding the present year, he abstained from drink, but during the year just past he has indulged very freeely. He has had two attacks of delirium tremens—the first in 1861, the second in 1865. During the first attack he says that he imagined he was lying in a bed of serpents, and that the room seemed to be filled with demons of the most fantastic shapes. At an unguarded moment he ran from the house, pursued, as he imagined, by a huge snake that seemed to crawl through his clothing,

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