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June 30, 1906


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JAMA. 1906;XLVI(26):1999. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.62510530019003d

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Patient.  —E. G., aged 22, male, a school teacher, unmarried, was found in a state of profound coma from which he could not be roused and died 79 hours afterward.

History.  —The attending physician makes the following statement: "E. G., a young man of intelligence and a patient of over two years' standing, came to my office on the afternoon of January 13 and stated that he was suffering from insomnia. I advised against the use of any drug, telling him that the drug habit was worse than the rum habit. I advised him to give up a night class he was teaching and to try a hot bath at bedtime. He said that he could not give up the class and that he got home too late to take a bath. After some further talk I was about to write for a simple sedative when he asked me if

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