October 13, 1917


Author Affiliations

Providence, R. I.

JAMA. 1917;LXIX(15):1289. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.02590420081022

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To the Editor:  —Recently I received a pamphlet marked as a reprint from a daily paper published in a state where a prohibition campaign is shortly to be waged. The article purports to have been written by one of the oldest and most highly honored members of our profession. The virtues of alcohol are lauded and the action of the House of Delegates at the last annual session of the American Medical Association on the question of the use of alcohol is criticized as is also the position of other scientific and philanthropic organizations. Congress is censured and even the President criticized. It is evident that the pamphlet has been sent broadcast among physicians for the purpose of overcoming the effect of the action of the House of Delegates. The statements made in this article are not supported by up-to-date knowledge of the physiologic and therapeutic action of alcohol, and

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