On the word of the physicianBMJ 1999; 319 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.319.7221.1355 (Published 20 November 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:1355
- Peter Carpenter, consultant psychiatrist in learning disability
“He [Mr Bruce] could understand that an institution such as that at Boston, where people voluntarily engaged to submit to a certain discipline for a certain time, might be productive of advantage; but he thought it impossible to call upon Parliament to pass a law by which person affected with drunkenness should be kept in a sort of gaol till, in the opinion of physicians who had charge of them, they were sufficiently masters of themselves to …
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