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December 10, 1887

The Curse of the World, Narcotics: Why Used; What Effects; the Remedy.

JAMA. 1887;IX(24):767. doi:10.1001/jama.1887.02400230031015

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This is an octavo volume of 370 pages, published in most excellent style. But the attractive features imparted to the volume by the skill of the publishers, affords only a faint index of the remarkable value of its contents. The author is a man of high moral and intellectual endowments, of perfect candor, who has devoted forty years of his life to the practical work of reclaiming men from intemperance with a patience, intelligence, and success that has rarely been equaled. During the last thirteen years he has been Superintendent of the Washingtonian Home of Chicago, an asylum for the reformation of inebriates, during which he has been brought into intimate personal contact with more than 6,000 inebriates, including almost every variety of intoxication, illustrating every degree of moral, intellectual and physical evil produced by alcoholic liquors and opiates; and has studied the motives, impulses, and needs of each from

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