ABSTRACT

Cocainism has been denied. Dr. William A. Hammond, speaking of cocaine before the New York Neurological Society, November 6, 1886, said “he did not believe any dose that could be taken was dangerous,” and also asserted little power of that drug, except in cases of past or present addiction to alcohol or opium, to cause a “habit”—so called—a morbid condition not within the patient’s power to control.