The data to be presented in a series of papers, of which this is the first, have been obtained from studies of persons addicted to opium or its derivatives who have applied for treatment at the Narcotic Wards of the Philadelphia General Hospital. These wards are maintained by the city of Philadelphia and have no relationship to law enforcement agencies. In this introductory paper, we wish to present our impressions of the behavior of the addict for the purpose of emphasizing the existence of obstacles which, if not fully appreciated, may result in failure of investigative efforts. A detailed report of the psychiatric and psychologic studies will be published later by members of the staff investigating this phase of the problem of opium addiction.
REASONS FOR SEEKING TREATMENT
The person who presents himself for treatment in these wards does so of his own volition and for one or more of
LIGHT AB, TORRANCE EG. OPIUM ADDICTION: I. THE CONDUCT OF THE ADDICT IN RELATION TO INVESTIGATIVE STUDY. Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1929;43(2):206–211. doi:https://doi.org/10.1001/archinte.1929.00130250064006
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