The infrequency of chronic paraldehydism warrants the report of this case. I know of but three other cases reported in literature. This patient first came under my observation in the psychopathic wards of the Philadelphia General Hospital under the services of Dr. F. X. Dercum, with whose kind permission this report is made possible. In these wards one has the opportunity of studying many cases of alcoholic addictions, as well as morphin, laudanum, cocain and opium habits acquired by individuals. Less frequently are seen patients with the craving for other drugs, as caffein, strychnin, chloroform and acetanilid.
On account of the symptoms and nervous manifestations noted in this case, I was led to believe that it was due to some cumulative toxic action of some other drug than those classed in the above category. Close questioning, however, revealed that I was dealing with a case of chronic paraldehydism.
HARTZ W. A CASE OF CHRONIC PARALDEHYDISM. JAMA. 1912;LVIII(9):625. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04260030025008
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