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August 8, 1895, I was called to J. W., a man 34 years old. After repeated questioning of the patient and his sister, the following disconnected, incomplete and probably somewhat inaccurate history was elicited:
The young man was an accountant in the employ of one of the Texas railroads and had been with them for years, although for some time he had been an opium, whisky and tobacco habitué. The first habit he had contracted as a result of the use of opium during an attack of dysentery. Four years ago, he had gone to an institute and had been cured of these habits, but quickly lapsed into them again, excepting that he never renewed the use of tobacco.
I was unable to find out definitely the amount of morphin and whisky that he used daily. His own statement was to the effect that he had been taking about 7
ELLIS HB. A CASE OF TOTAL BLINDNESS; POSSIBLY DUE TO AN OVERDOSE OF QUININ. JAMA. 1896;XXVII(19):992. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430970014001g
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