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February 14, 1885

Notes on the Opium Habit.

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By Asa P. Maylert, M.D. Third Edition, Revised and Enlarged. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons; paper, 47 pages.

JAMA. 1885;IV(7):196. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.02390820028022

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The fundamental cause of the opium habit, aside from the accidents which may arouse it into potent energy, is in the moral nature of the individual. Dr. Maylert does not take quite as broad a view of the subject as that above suggested, but recognizing the psychical element in the cause eloquently insists on the use of moral measures in the case. In fact he recommends that therapeutic agents should be employed to meet the various symptoms that may arise, while the entire confidence of the patient and the gradual diminution of the dose are the prime requisites to success. He also considers that the patient should be kept under surveillance for a considerable length of time after the opium is stopped or until the normal degree of self control is reached. He is greatly opposed to the sudden entire stopping of the drug as subjecting the patient to dangerous

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