From the June 1969 magazine.

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Dialysis: a Sobering Thought for Alcoholics

The chronic alcoholics who end up in Baltimore City Hospitals are getting fast service these days. Instead of being sent to bed on the drunk ward for a four- to six-day sobering-up, they are being treated on a kidney dialysis machine. In six hours, they are completely sober; in 24 hours, they are back on the street.

And, surprisingly, the one-day treatment has not created a revolving-door policy. "Alcoholics treated by dialysis remain sober for an uncharacteristic length of time," says assistant chief of surgery Arnold I. Walder. "One patient came back for elective surgery three weeks later, and he hadn't had a drop to drink."

-- Medical World News

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