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Inebriety is one of the most complex neuroses and obscure border-land diseases known. To the average practitioner the inebriate is simply a weak, wilful, vicious man, who has full power to do different but will not exercise it. When the inebriate is examined carefully, and all the facts of his inheritance and of his nutritional, and also mental life and growth are grouped, a uniform progressive line of disease is found. The pathologic conditions which precede alcohol and the conditions which follow from the use of alcohol, are marked in different degrees. The former are not recognized and the latter only recently have come into prominence. The use of alcohol is followed by conditions which differ very widely, and are unexplainable except by a study of preceding conditions before spirits was used. One of these conditions is heredity, that is the transmission of defects and predispositions to degenerate in certain
CROTHERS TD. DIETETIC CAUSES OF INEBRIETY. JAMA. 1898;XXXI(25):1456–1458. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.92450250014001f
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