Every physician well understands that the percentage of relapses of patients treated for morphinism is large—just how large I do not know. In many instances it has been an absolute impossibility for me to keep track of the cases I have treated. During a correspondence with a physician a few months ago in regard to my treating his son for the morphin addiction, he wrote me that he knew that statistics proved that 95 per cent. of all patients cured relapsed. I have heard it stated that one can prove almost anything, except facts, by statistics. If the physician has the statistics to corroborate his assertion, I am prepared to believe the statement correct. It has been estimated by some who have had considerable experience that 50 per cent. of cases treated relapsed. I dare say that that is a fair estimate when all classes of cases are counted, but
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