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The narcotic addict as a medical patient

  • Joseph D. Sapira
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    Lexington, Kentucky, U.S.A.
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    1 From the National Institute of Mental Health Addiction Research Center, Lexington, Kentucky.
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      Abstract

      Narcotic addicts present with many physical findings and disease patterns that are relatively unusual. These are discussed in a systematic fashion with emphasis on pathophysiologic explanations when available. Many obscure issues could profitably be investigated (or reinvestigated) with the use of modern technics of clinical research.
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