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Them's the Breaks: Creature of Broken Habits

Mark Bernhardt, MD
Arch Dermatol. 2010;146(2):188. doi:10.1001/archdermatol.2009.346.
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I’m at my neighborhood grocery store buying cigarettes and lottery tickets (for artistic purposes only!) when I see a big display for antismoking aids. “Eureka!” I silently shout. If there be a “Creature of Bad Habits,” there must be a companion “Creature of Broken Habits” (Figure)! We have here diet cookies, nicotine patches, alcohol-free beer, the opiate-antagonist naloxone hydrochloride (Narcan), genuine acupuncture needles, “all-purpose chewing gum,” and a mesmerizing pocket watch.

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Creature of broken habits. Left, Alcohol-free beer for the snout, diet cookies for the body, nicotine patches for the legs and eyes, chewing gum for the ears, a syringe with a vial of naloxone hydrochloride (Narcan) for the tail, naloxone flip tops for the pupils, and acupuncture needles for the back fur. Right, To finish it off, a free-swinging pocket watch for hypnosis.

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