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February 27, 1897


JAMA. 1897;XXVIII(9):399-400. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440090017002h

In the Tribune Médicale of Jan. 13, 1897, is a notice of an article by M. Tokarsky (Wratch, 1896, No. 31), on the "Treatment of Alcoholism by Suggestion," and which seems to me as likely to interest both the general practitioner and the specialist in nervous diseases.

The profession and the public have come to regard the victim of chronic alcoholism as a neurotic, under the influence of a nerve degeneracy, which implicates most readily that condition of nerve tissue of which instability is the prominent feature. These terms are perhaps somewhat vague, yet they are sufficiently definite to convey the idea. It is not the self-contained, vigorous constitution with strong power of resistance and obstinate vitality, which yields readily to the baleful influence of alcoholic excess, but the sensitive and the neurasthenic; such material as goes to the formation of the "nervous" part of society. Since this view has