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May 14, 1910

THE OBLITERATION OF THE CRAVING FOR NARCOTICSREVIEW OF THE ARTICLE OF DR. ALEXANDER LAMBERT

JAMA. 1910;LIV(20):1593-1596. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.92550460001001c
Abstract

An article with the title "The Obliteration of Craving for Narcotics" appeared in The Journal, Sept. 25, 1909, and at a later date in a number of other journals; and the same article was reviewed to some extent in the Department of Therapeutics in The Journal, March 5, but there is so much in Dr. Lambert's article which is calculated to lead those who attempt to follow his teachings into serious error that I deem still further comment pertinent.

His article seems to be based on the assumption that the essential nature of the narcotic drug addictions is an appetite or "craving" for narcotics, and that this appetite or craving can be obliterated or overcome by an antidote or "specific." For such a "specific" he proceeds to give a formula.

This assumption is erroneous and the remedy proposed is not a specific. The demand of the system of the drug

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