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Books, Journals, New Media
May 26, 2004

Alcohol, History

Author Affiliations

Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; David H. Morse, MS, University of Southern California, Norris Medical Library, Journal Review Editor.

JAMA. 2004;291(20):2493-2494. doi:10.1001/jama.291.20.2493

Despite the title, this is not a social history of alcohol, but rather a popular history of temperance and prohibition. Typically, popular histories rely heavily on secondary sources, works not from the time period under study, but from a later period. Popular histories often bring the insights of scholars working in specialized fields to a greater public. In the best of such popular histories, an author culls material from the vast monographic literature to produce a readable overview.

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