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On the word of the physician

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: (Published 20 November 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:1355
  1. Peter Carpenter, consultant psychiatrist in learning disability
  1. Bristol.

    “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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