150 years ago: Chloral therapy in delirium tremens. Practitioner December 2020;264(1843):29

150 years ago: Chloral therapy in delirium tremens

21 Dec 2020Registered users

A clergyman, aged 40, has been a drunkard for years, but worse since his marriage three and a half years ago to a woman beneath him in station, and with whom he does not seem to have got on well.  He has been in the habit of taking all kinds of drinks and has had delirium tremens several times, the last bad attack being a little more than a year ago. Sometimes he has gone for six months without taking any drink. His father died of paralysis from disease of the brain. The history of insanity is uncertain.

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