Medicine: Retch and Stay Sober

If a drunkard can be made to vomit every time he takes a drink, he has a better than even chance of curing himself −at least for a long time −of drunkenness. This nauseous conclusion was published in the American Journal of the Medical Sciences last week, by Drs. Walter Lyle Voegtlin, Frederick Lemere, and colleagues of Seattle's Shadel Sanitarium, who carried out conditioning experiments with 827 alcoholics during the last five years.

An alcoholic taking the "conditioned reflex therapy" is first given an injection of emetine, which is, unbeknownst to him, a powerful...

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