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September 22, 1888

HOW THE OPIUM HABIT IS ACQUIRED.

JAMA. 1888;XI(12):419-420. doi:10.1001/jama.1888.02400640023005

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Abstract

Mr. Virgil G. Eaton tells the public, in the September number of the Popular Science Monthly, how the opium habit is acquired. He is the writer that frightened the people of the country about two years ago by prophesying that they would all be bald in about a dozen centuries. He now predicts that unless people develop their muscles, rest their nerves, and send the family doctor on a vacation, the residents of our American cities will be all opium-slaves.

For the past year or more Mr. Eaton has " studied the growth of the opium-habit in Boston." He says it is increasing rapidly, and from the " tell-tale pallor " of the faces he sees he is sure the habit is claiming more slaves every day. In order to approximate to the amount of opium in its various forms used in Boston, Mr. Eaton " made a thorough scrutiny of

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