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December 8, 1894

THE DISEASE OF INEBRIETY.ITS STUDY FROM THE STANDPOINT OF THE EXPERIENCE OF AMERICAN PHYSICIANS OF EMINENCE WHO HAVE WORKED IN THIS FIELD OF RESEARCH.

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NEW YORK CITY.

JAMA. 1894;XXIII(23):850-853. doi:10.1001/jama.1894.02421280004001b

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Abstract

(Continued from page 826.)

CONFIRMED INEBRIATES.

I shall call the first class confirmed inebriates. I prefer the word, confirmed, to the more common term, habitual, for the reason that one may be in the habit of occasional or frequent intoxication, and yet not be so far established in the habit as to warrant the application of the term in its ordinary sense. How to care for this class, more than any other, is the problem that the civilized world is now endeavoring to solve and in which every household is immediately or remotely concerned. Confirmed inebriates constitute a considerable class of the community; they are as a rule, largely unproductive, and a necessary drain upon the resources of the people. What can be done for or with them? The first thought in this connection involves the idea of custody and restraint and this is always offensive to the intuitive love

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