JAMA 100 Years Ago Section Editor: Jennifer
Reiling, Assistant Editor.
A total abstinence society of bartenders has been formed in Chicago,
its objects, as set forth, being to promote temperate habits among bartenders,
to set a good example to the customers, to protect the cash register and stock,
and to elevate the calling. Bartenders are not considered good risks in insurance
companies on account of the dangers of their business, therefore the promotion
of temperate habits among them has a very sensible sort of egoistic motive.
To set a good example to the customers, however, by being total abstainers
as a business proposition is one which we should think would not be encouraged
by the bartenders' employers. It is hardly likely that they would want their
customers to become total abstainers. The elevation of the calling is, of
course, another question. Whether a calling which discredits itself by the
conduct of its own followers can be specially elevated in this way may be
a matter of some doubt.
A Vigorous Protest.. JAMA. 2003;289(13):1710. doi:10.1001/jama.289.13.1710-a