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December 1929


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From the Narcotic Wards of the Philadelphia General Hospital.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1929;44(6):870-876. doi:10.1001/archinte.1929.00140060085009

The narcotic problem is recognized today as one of the most important medical and sociologic problems confronting the medical profession. Although isolated studies on the problem have been made from time to time, no comprehensive investigation of its aspects, biologic, medical, social, economic and legal, has been consistently pursued until recent years. The Committee on Drug Addiction in affiliation with the Bureau of Social Hygiene, Inc., of New York has been engaged since 1921 in the study of this important problem. An extensive compilation of facts known and of views held with respect to opium addiction was made by Terry and Pellens1 and published by the committee in book form. These inquiries demonstrated an urgent need for further investigation of the various phases of the problem by careful scientific methods, and accordingly the committee subsidized a number of field studies, experimentation in several university laboratories and a clinical study of