Interesting Case of a Blind and Deaf Mute

1842 Boston Medical and Surgical Journal  
Society, partly because the subject is curious, and little known in this country, but chiefly for the purpose of offering one or two practical suggestions to the members. First. I think it will be admitted that the Chinese mode of taking opium, by smoking or inhalation, induces the peculiar sedative effects of that drug more powerfully and more speedily than when taken into the stomach. Second. There can, 1 believe, be little doubt, that these effects are produced chiefly, if not entirely,
more » ... not entirely, through the medium of the nervous system, and not by digestion, absorption, and the circulation. Third. It does not appear that the casual or temporary smoking of opium is more dangerous or injurious to the constitution than that of swallowing the drug, whether in substance or solution. On the contrary, I believe it is less so, and not so likely to impair the functions of the stomach, liver, and bowels, as when directly applied to the digestive
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