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Very largely among the laity, and, to no small extent, in the profession, an opinion obtains that narcotic inebriety is a cureless disease. My experience, covering a quarter century and compassing the history and treatment of many hundred cases, has convinced me that this opinion is a mistaken one, and in two papers, "The Curability of Opium Addiction," Journal of Inebriety, 1885, and "The Curability of Narcotic Inebriety," Cleveland Medical Journal, 1893, cases were cited in proof.
Years ago, the opinion was advanced that 30 per cent. of proper cases, properly treated, resulted in permanent recovery. I am no less optimistic now than then, and when the value of a certain post-active régime in the treatment of the disease is fully appreciated, and is insisted on and persisted in as its importance demands, my optimism will assume more generous proportions, and a blot on the scutcheon of professional success along
MATTISON JB. THE POST-ACTIVE TREATMENT OF NARCOTIC HABITUÉS. JAMA. 1895;XXV(26):1119–1120. doi:10.1001/jama.1895.02430520005001b
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