from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A secret method of treatment of the drink habit in which the chier remedy employed is said to be chlorid of gold.
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The illustration representing this subject is without doubt one of the best of the kind extant, and even in the present age of the gold-cure is suggestive of a night-errant of to-day.
I am sometimes inclined to the view that humbuggery is a disease, and that some doctor will yet discover a gold-cure for it -- will demonstrate that the bad habit is due to microbes that get into a man's mind and make trouble trying to turn around, or to bacilli that bore holes in his moral character and let his honesty leak out; for the medical fraternity has gravely informed us that kleptomania (sneak-thievery by eminently respectable people) and dipsomania (sottishness by the social salt of the earth), are simply diseases that should be treated with pills and powders instead of with penitentiaries and whipping-posts.