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'Skid Row' Syndrome

During jail terms, 227 chronic drunks from Toronto's skid row were given physical examinations, liver function tests, urinalyses, routine hematology, chest radiographs, and their previous hospital records were analyzed. Results of these examinations were tabulated by IBM computers and organized in terms of body systems. Items occurring in sufficient frequency were separated out to compile a "skid row" syndrome.

The average of the men was 45; they had been drinking heavily for 20 years, averaging 4 convictions for drunkenness a year. Tuberculosis had occurred in 8.8%. Epilepsy... Login to read more
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