Medical Dictionary

Keeley cure

noun Kee·ley cure \ˈkē-lē-\

Medical Definition of Keeley cure

  1. :  a method of treatment for alcoholism that was formerly used

Biographical Note for keeley cure



Leslie E.

(1832–1900), American physician. Keeley is remembered for implementing a kind of institutional care as a treatment method for chronic alcoholism and drug addiction. Around 1879 he developed his treatment which consisted chiefly of injecting institutionalized patients with a chloride of gold and allowing them unlimited access to liquor. Keeley claimed a very high rate of success with only a few relapses. The medical establishment dismissed him as a charlatan.

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