On becoming connected with the Battle Creek Sanitarium, an institution of which I have had charge for the last twenty years, and having been connected with the institution for a year or two previous, I established a rule that alcohol should not be relied upon as a therapeutic agent in the treatment of curable cases; that, if used at all, it should be only in those cases which were utterly hopeless, and in which it would consequently be useless to withhold any agent which would afford even temporary relief to the patient's sufferings. These cases have been so exceedingly rare that it may be said that alcohol has been absolutely discarded as a therapeutic agent under any and all circumstances, in this institution, although it had been previously used, sparingly.
The total number of patients treated during this time, of which careful records have been kept, is 16,869. In addition
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