1892 Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA)  
this " National folly " of arresting and sending to jail these poor victims, should cease. A new depar¬ ture is demanded, and they should be recognized as diseased and sent to hospitals, under the care of physicians. A long residence in such a hospital would be an experiment that would be infinitely more humane, hygienic and economical, and fraught with the most important results to both the race and civilization. The practical point for our American physicians is to take up the subject of
more » ... the subject of inebriety and study it as a purely medical topic, and not leave it to police courts and moralists to point out the evil and its remedies. The British public are alarmed at the extent of the evil, and cast about wildly for help. If the medical public had made this a scientific study, they would long ago have pointed out the means of prevention and cure. The same thing is repeated here. The drink prob¬ lem including both men and women, and the use of all narcotic drugs, are studied by moralists and non¬ experts, and the medical profession, to whom it rightly belongs, " pass it by on the other side." Both alcoholic and opium inebriety have already invaded our cities, neighborhoods, and even our homes, and the pledge, the prayer, the police court and punish¬ ment are the only remedies we can offer. Moral, religious and knavish quacks offer all sorts of spe¬ cifics, but the evil goes on unchecked. The time is coming when the medical profession will teach the
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