PHILIP PIKER, M.D.; JULES GELPERIN, B.M.
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During the past three years we have seen three dramatic deaths in narcotic addicts who had been suddenly deprived of the drugs to which they had become habituated.
A search through the literature for descriptions of and explanations for such occurrences has been singularly unproductive.3 In writing on the subject of morphine withdrawal, many authors have commented on the possibility of collapse, particularly as a complication of sudden withdrawal. Their comments, however, have been uniformly casual and incidental; and in no instance have we been able to discover a specific case report. Several general descriptions of the symptoms likely to
PIKER P, GELPERIN J. DEATH COMPLICATING THE WITHDRAWAL OF NARCOTICS, WITH RESPIRATORY DIFFICULTIES PREDOMINANT: REPORT OF THREE CASES1. Ann Intern Med. 1937;10:1279–1282. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-10-9-1279
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1937;10(9):1279-1282.
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