The subject of the experiences about to be described is a literary man of great ability and a recognised authority in a certain department of learning, who had unfortunately been addicted to the abuse of alcohol for many years and had decided to try the effects of a course of atropin treatment. He was perfectly sane. Previous to his admission he had been practically living on milk and whisky for a considerable time, taking five or six glasses of the latter in the day. The whisky was at once greatly reduced, though not altogether stopped; and combined injections of atropin and strychnine were begun on the day of his admission (November 22nd), with dietetic and other treatment, but no sleeping draught was given either that night or the next. This was the first case which I had treated by the atropin method, and I should not now commence the injections so soon after admission. No other case, of a good many since treated, has suffered from hallucinations, but they have often been met with by others.
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