The January number of the Journal contains a most interesting paper, entitled “The Confessions of a Young Lady Laudanum Drinker,” which relates what the writer went through during the endeavour to break off the pernicious habit she had acquired. In this instance after the daily dose of laudanum had been spontaneously lessened from four ounces to one quarter of an ounce, the supply was suddenly stopped. It does not appear that any means were taken to lessen the physical and moral tortures which followed, and which the writer so vividly describes as to give one a better idea of the condition of such patients than I have elsewhere seen. Fortunately the desired end was gained, but my experience in dealing with such difficult and unhappy cases convinces me at the cost of much more suffering than need have been, had another method been followed.
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