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April 9, 1898

INEBRIETY AND TUBERCULOSIS, ALLIED DISEASES.

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SUPERINTENDENT WALNUT LODGE HOSPITAL, HARTFORD, CONN.

JAMA. 1898;XXX(15):844-846. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.72440670032002g

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Abstract

The very close relationship between these diseases has been noticed for many years.

In certain families, tuberculosis and inebriety alternate. Some of the members will drink to great excess, then abstain, contract tuberculosis and die. Others will have all the symptoms of tuberculosis, begin to drink and recover from the consumption, become inebriates and die suddenly of acute pneumonia or nephritis. It is very commonly observed that inebriates who abstain from all use of spirits, calling themselves cured or reformed, soon contract tuberculosis and die. Such cases are very acute and rapid in their progress and termination. Another fact never understood was the apparently abortive influence of alcohol in early stages of tuberculosis. The old-time prescription to drink all the spirits possible when lesions of the lungs were made out, always ended either in precipitating the disease to more rapid death or a low form of dementia and inebriety. The

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