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Alcoholism in itself with its distinctive peculiarities and its varied forms, is an affection successfully managed. Indeed, the most alarming forms, as delirium tremens and alcoholic mania, respond surprisingly to treatment. It is in the accidental complications and the sequelæ of continued use of alcohol that we have cause for alarm.
In hastily running over some four thousand (4,000) cases of alcoholism at the Philadelphia General Hospital during the past three or four years, a great variety of affections were found recorded on the history papers as complications. A number of these affections it is true were merely accidental associated troubles from which the patient in some instances was suffering before his acute alcoholism, but there were a number of diseases running hand in hand with alcoholism in a great many of the cases.
The affections marked as complications and that seemed to be most reasonably linked with the alcoholism
FRESCOLN LD. COMPLICATIONS OF ALCOHOLISM.WITH SOME STATISTICS ON TWO THOUSAND CASES.. JAMA. 1908;L(6):450–451. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.25310320038002
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