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April 23, 1938


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Oxford, Pa.

JAMA. 1938;110(17):1386. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790170066023

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To the Editor:—  I read with interest and admiration the article in The Journal, March 12, by Selesnick concerning alcoholic intoxication and also the article in the same issue by Harger, Lamb and Hulpieu, describing a test for intoxication employing breath. Both articles are scholarly, well prepared and absolutely sound from a scientific standpoint; but, from the point of view of the rural general practitioner an attitude must be taken, less strictly accurate, perhaps, from the laboratory expert's angle, but none the less effective and efficient for the practical purposes of everyday life.In the first place, both articles, in my opinion, paid less attention than they should have done to the fact of the personal equation—of variations in individual susceptibility. No one would deny that a dose of alcohol that might well kill an infant would have a far less deleterious effect on a seasoned drinker, and any practical

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