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November 14, 1891


JAMA. 1891;XVII(20):776-777. doi:10.1001/jama.1891.02410980034005

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The sad death of " Felix Oldboy," a literateur of New York City, lately, and a warm defender of the Keeley " bichloride of gold" cure, is reported. He died from alcoholism in the workhouse on Blackwell's Island. He has only recently been represented in the North American Review by a long article setting forth the marvellous effects of Keeley's system in his own person and some other very obstinate cases. These cases were strenuously held to be " permanent" cures, but the ink could scarcely have been dry on the pages of the Review before his last lapse into drunkenness took place. So far as this case is concerned, the Keeley " cure " was worse than a broken reed to lean upon, since this unfortunate inebriate was induced to ignore and despise the more legitimate measures of relief. The glamour of a false "permanence" misled him, and has

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