March 12, 1910

Omit Whisky and Brandy from the Pharmacopeia

Author Affiliations

Superintendent of Medical Temperance for the World's and National W. C. T. U., Marcellus, N. Y.

JAMA. 1910;LIV(11):891-892. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.02550370061013

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To the Professors of Materia Medica and Therapeutics in the Medical Colleges, and to the Medical Delegates to the Pharmacopeial Convention:

The Department of Medical Temperance of the National Woman's Christian Temperance Union respectfully requests that you consider carefully the following arguments for the omission of whisky and brandy from the next revision of the Pharmacopeia, and requests that you use your influence to secure this:

1. The Pharmacopeia is claimed to reflect the best medical practice of the time. This department has collected statistics from hospitals all over the world, and the opinions of many of the leading physicians of this and other countries. These statistics show conclusively that the use of alcoholic liquors as medicinal agents has diminished in all hospitals and in the practice of most physicians; in fact many physicians state that they never have occasion to prescribe alcohol in any form. It seems to us

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