In a paper read last year at Columbus, on the use of opium in infancy and the effects in adult life, some serious injuries following its use were pointed out. It was shown that both the brain and the nervous system suffered from retarded and perverted growths and other derangements which continued in after life that were clearly due to the early use of opium. In this paper I wish to carry the study farther and to point out some new states of degeneration which have not been noticed before. In my former paper it was stated that opium in any of its forms, given for any length of time, not only weakens the nervous system, but predisposes it to functional and organic diseases marked by a craving for drugs and narcotics. I shall attempt to show that opium used under certain conditions produces a diathesis and a tendency which
CROTHERS TD. NEW SOURCES OF DANGER IN THE USE OF OPIUM. JAMA. 1900;XXXV(6):338–342. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.24620320008002a
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