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March 5, 1887


JAMA. 1887;VIII(10):253-256. doi:10.1001/jama.1887.02391350001001

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THE CAUSE AND CURE OF INEBRIETY.  Delivered before The Institute of Social Science of New York, February 10, 1887.BY T. D. CROTHERS, M.D., OF HARTFORD, CONN.Approaching this subject from a scientific standpoint, it is essential to have some conception of its character and magnitude, before any clear idea of the causes and remedies can be obtained. The impulsiveness, degeneration, and insanity of inebriety are characteristics familiar to every one. The magnitude of inebriety no doubt exceeds all previous studies and conclusions. One of these estimates, which, in all probability, approximates to the truth, places the number of alcohol and opium inebriates in this country at 1 per cent. of all the population. This includes the secret drinkers and opium cases who are generally unknown, except to the family physician. With a population of 50,000,000, this would give an army of 500,000 inebriates. Inquiry in almost any direction, would

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