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To the Editor:
—Your editorial comment in The Journal, July 20, "Oases in the National Desert" seems especially pat here, as our town has just buried a man who bought six bottles of a beef, iron and wine preparation (19 per cent. alcohol), went up the river with a comrade in a boat and did not return until the river had been dragged for some eight or ten hours. If our government desires to make effective prohibition of alcoholic liquors for conservation of food or other reasons, it would seem that it must take into consideration the "patent medicine" evil.
Loveland HH. "OASES IN THE NATIONAL DESERT". JAMA. 1918;71(5):399. doi:10.1001/jama.1918.02600310077023