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In discussing the above subject I start out with these propositions: 1, That any ailment which can be cured by moral suasion, religious enthusiasm or simple will power can not be organic in origin. 2, That the drink babit is curable by the above methods. 3, The drink habit is not primarily a disease of any organ. 4, That organic troubles are results and not causes of the habit.
There is much being written on alcoholism and there seems a universal idea that the habit is not merely habit, but is indeed and in truth a disease. Now, if alcoholism is a disease, how does the individual who has it get well without any treatment? We are told by the wise ones that alcoholism is hereditary; now, can any hereditary disease be cured without treatment? If so, which one. Of course there are many diseases that get well without treatment,
W. C. HOWLE. THE DRINK HABIT.. JAMA. 1892;XVIII(19):575–576. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02411230005001a