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May 19, 1934

Alcohol: Its Effects on Man

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By Haven Emerson, M.D., Professor of Public Health Practice, Columbia University. Cloth. Price, $1. Pp. 114. New York & London: D. Appleton-Century Company, Inc., 1934.

JAMA. 1934;102(20):1705. doi:10.1001/jama.1934.02750200055030

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This book is no doubt an outgrowth of a larger work edited by Dr. Emerson and published during the past year. The purpose of the little volume is to provide school teachers and students with the facts regarding the actions and effects of alcohol on man as they are now known to the medical sciences.

Dr. Emerson lists fifteen well established facts regarding alcohol in relation to illness with which no doubt the vast majority of physicians will agree:

  1. Alcohol is a narcotic which, by depressing the higher centers, removes inhibitions.

  2. Outside of the nervous system and the digestive tract, alcohol used as a beverage has little demonstrable effect.

  3. It is a food, utilizable as a source of energy and a sparer of protein, but it is such only to a very limited extent.

  4. It is improbable that the quality of human stock has been at

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