JAMA 100 Years Ago Section Editor: Jennifer
Reiling, Editorial Assistant.
There has been much warm discussion and comparatively little demonstration
bearing on the question whether alcohol is a food or a poison, and we are
inclined to the immediate view taken by Dr. H. S. Anders in THE JOURNAL a
short time ago, that it may be either or neither in accordance with the purposes
for which it is used, the dosage and frequency with which it is administered
and the susceptibility of the particular individual. In these respects alcohol
agrees with numerous other substances of the materia medica, which are equally
capable of good and of evil according to varying circumstances.
THE INDISCRIMINATE USE OF ALCOHOL.TEMPERANCE IN FRANCE.. JAMA. 2000;284(24):3103. doi:10.1001/jama.284.24.3103