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May 9, 1885


JAMA. 1885;IV(19):526-527. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.02390940022011

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Some time since the writer published in the New York Medical Record a short article upon this subject, taking the view that, though vice is not always the cause of inebriety, it is a very prominent factor in its causation, thus controverting a rather radical opinion expressed by an able physician of Hartford, Conn. Since that time some private correspondence has passed between that gentleman and myself, among which was a request from him that I would give the matter careful clinical study, which it has been my endeavor to do. Having done this, while it has no doubt increased my appreciation of the importance of the relation of disease to inebriety, it has also strongly confirmed the belief that vice, or vicious influences, hold a no less important relation to that condition. To say that inebriety is always, in all its stages, a disease, is so absurd, so contrary

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