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Another class possesses an organization which may be termed an alcoholic idiosyncrasy; with them the latent desire for stimulants, if indulged, soon leads to habits of intemperance and eventually to a morbid appetite, which has all the characteristics of a diseased condition of the system, which the patient, unassisted, is powerless to relieve—since the weakness of will that led to the disease obstructs its removal. It might be well to divide inebriates into two other classes; the constant or daily, and the periodical drinkers. Of these two classes the constant drinkers are the most susceptible of treatment and cure. We find by a reference to the annual reports of the New York State Inebriate Asylum for the years, 1870,1871 and 1872 the whole number of patients admitted during that time was 713. Of this number 402 were constant, and 311 periodical drinkers. Out of the whole number the
MANN EC. 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. JAMA. 1895;XXIV(2):55–58. doi:10.1001/jama.1895.02430020019001g
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