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November 15, 1890


JAMA. 1890;XV(20):722-723. doi:10.1001/jama.1890.02410460022005

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Mr. Ernest Hart, the distinguished editor of the British Medical Journal, recently gave an address before the Society for the Study and Cure of Inebriety on this topic.

It has been known for several years, that ether was used for purposes of intoxication in some of the northern counties of Ireland. Dr. Richardson, of London, and others called attention to this fact and showed that it was increasing. This address of Mr. Hart's groups many of the facts, and presents a most startling picture of this new intoxicant. It appears that somewhere about 1842, ether was sold freely, and used as a beverage in County Derry, Ireland. In 1860 and 1870 it had spread to many of the adjacent towns and counties, and became notorious. It was sold openly by the glass and in larger quantities, and seems to have been used by the poor people, because it was a

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