Heroin or diacetyl-morphin is so frequently employed in the treatment of various diseased conditions that the question of formation of habit from its use is a serious one. It is often prescribed for cough, the result of irritating conditions in the air-passages, and physicians not infrequently tell their patients what drug they are prescribing, so that indirectly the patient comes to look on heroin as a harmless sedative for his cough. Even physicians are not sufficiently alive to the danger of habit from its use. This in all probability is largely due to the fact that pharmacologic text-books lay very little stress on this point, and in many cases neglect to mention it altogether. In one instance a patient who came under my observation told a physician, who was called to treat him for an attack of laryngitis, not to give him anything that contained opium, because he had formerly
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