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December 8, 1900


JAMA. 1900;XXXV(23):1492. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460490050014

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Boston, Mass., Dec. 3, 1900.

To the Editor:  —In the abstract department in your issue of December 1, on page 1432, you say that in delirium tremens I recommend "the gradual withdrawal of alcohol and nourishment." As I have earnestly insisted upon the great value of nutrition in this disease, the statement that I advise the "gradual withdrawal of nourishment"—presumably to the point of total abstinence—is startling, to say the least. Whether the error is typographical or a slip of the pen is not clear, but, doubtless, what you meant to say was that I prescribe nourishment, accompanied by the gradual withdrawal of alcohol.[The unfortunate omission of a comma after the word "alcohol" is the cause of the ambiguous reading to which our correspondent objects.—Ed.]

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