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The etiology and philosophy of inebriety have been presented very thoroughly in previous papers read before this Association, and I am now accorded the privilege of bringing to your notice a new method of treatment for that condition. It is with pleasure that we note many of the former theories held on this subject giving place to more modern ideas. Common opinion considered inebriety a vice, needing only moral treatment, while to-day it is demonstrated to be a disease, and the world is waiting to honor him who first discovers its microbe. It was not until such ever-to-be-honored men as Dr. Turner, Dr. Parrish, Dr. Mason, and a few others, made plain to the community the true standing of the inebriate, and showed that this disease was one to be treated on the same general principles as other diseases, that a right appreciation of such cases was obtained. These men
SHEPARD CH. THE USE OF THE TURKISH BATH IN INEBRIETY.Read before the American Association for the Study and Cure of Inebriety, New York, April 15, 1890. JAMA. 1892;XVIII(2):36–38. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02411060006001b
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