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JAMA 100 Years Ago
December 27, 2000


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JAMA 100 Years Ago Section Editor: Jennifer Reiling, Editorial Assistant.

JAMA. 2000;284(24):3103. doi:10.1001/jama.284.24.3103

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.

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