E. J. H.
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Just as criminals and allied objectors to ordinary life form a subsociety within society as a whole, so do addicts form a distinct clan within or closely tied to this subsociety. This was noted by H. L. Mencken (1), Sage of Baltimore, in his The American Language with a sentence highly characteristic of his style:
Also hanging about the outskirts of the professional criminals are the drug addicts, the prostitutes, and the disorderly children (not a few of them with well-to-do and even rich parents) who train for entrance into one or another of these groups.
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H. EJ. Slanguage of the Addict. Ann Intern Med. 1967;67:217–218. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-67-1-217
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1967;67(1):217-218.
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