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September 12, 1908


JAMA. 1908;LI(11):922. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.02540110044004

The important features of the present movement for better sanitary conditions are very ably summed up by Prof. W. T. Sedgwick1 in the annual address in medicine at Yale University. One or two points deserve special attention, since they are not always included in the popular conception of the work. Professor Sedgwick mentions, as one of the foremost responses of the nineteenth century to the call for better living, the temperance movement which started a century ago and which in its various other aspects has become so familiar to us that we are liable to overlook its sanitary importance. When one considers in detail the relations of alcoholic indulgence to disease, the numerous and important ailments of which it is the direct cause, to say nothing of its indirect influence on human misery and degeneracy, one can hardly avoid realizing that it stands almost, if not altogether, in the

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