November 4, 1905


JAMA. 1905;XLV(19):1409-1410. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.02510190045009

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Medical readers are familiar with the statistics of the liquor trade in this and in other countries. The per capita consumption of spirits and malt liquors by all nations is appalling in its proportions, and has long been the occasion for grave concern on the part of thoughtful publicists. Present revelations of the magnitude and ubiquitous pervasiveness of the traffic in alcoholic nostrums are staggering. The per capita consumption of these thinly disguised liquors escapes the statistician, but the rapidly amassed wealth of the purveyors of the fraudulent "tonics" and "bitters" testifies loudly to the tremendous extent of the business. As these exposures proceed, the public sees that many of the active opponents of the open liquor traffic are themselves tipplers. Women, children, clergymen, temperance workers, are the victims of this dreadful trade. All this can mean but one thing, namely, that the craving for alcohol is all but universal.

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