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October 1, 1892

"DELUSIONS AS TO LOCALITY" A PROMINENT SYMPTOM IN THE MENTAL DERANGEMENT OF CHRONIC ALCOHOLISM, WITH A TENDENCY TO DEMENTIA.Read in the Section of Neurology and Medical Jurisprudence, at the Forty-third annual meeting of the American Medical Association, held at Detroit, Mich., June, 1892.

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JAMA. 1892;XIX(14):397-398. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02420140011001d

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After an attack of acute alcoholic delirium either of the febrile or nonfebrile type not unfrequently instead of a reasonably rapid convalescence the patient passes into a mental condition that becomes more or less chronic—as there may be a history of one or more preceding attacks of delirium tremens, and more especially the nature of the treatment to which the patient has been subjected, for I firmly believe that the administration of large and frequent doses of the various depressing drugs, as chloral hydrate, the bromides or other cerebral sedatives, while they may promptly relieve the more acute and urgent symptoms by producing a more or less profound cerebral anæmia, will also tend to protract the recovery of the patient towards his normal mental condition, if not precipitate him into a complete or partial dementia. But from whatever cause it may arise, we find mental weakness in some degree, the

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