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August 13, 1892


JAMA. 1892;XIX(7):201-202. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02420070025002

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It is a well known fact that petty crime particularly against persons, follows the rise and fall of the temperature with startling uniformity. The late heated term has illustrated this fact in every city and town of the country.

Wherever spirits are sold most of the offenders were intoxicated, or more literally made delirious by the poison of alcohol. Persons accustomed to use spirits are more susceptible to the narcotic effects of alcohol at this time, and manifest unusual irritability and want of judgment. Persons who are not alcohol drinkers exhibit equally strange mental symptoms. This year the number of heat prostrations and sudden alarming exhaustions incident to this condition have been greatly in excess. Transient delusions, severe neuralgias and digestive disturbances have been common. The influence of the late epidemic, influenza, has been traced in many cases. One physician reports that in ten cases of heat prostration, eight were

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