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December 5, 1903


Author Affiliations

Superintendent Walnut Lodge Hospital. HARTFORD, CONN.

JAMA. 1903;XLI(23):1383-1385. doi:10.1001/jama.1903.92490420001002

Recently a new field has been opened for a study of the symptoms following the use of alcohol. The external phenomena of the functional and mental activities of the body can now be measured and tabulated with exactness unknown before. It is assumed that, if the current beliefs and theories are true concerning the tonic and stimulant action of alcohol on the organisms, it is possible to prove it by the more perfect instruments of precision. Also that theories and variable experience held so tenaciously by many persons can be tested by something more than experience, logic and intuition. The action of alcohol taken in the body can now be traced by a study of the functional activity of the senses, the movements of the heart, the muscular activity, mental vigor, temperature of the body and other conditions with a degree of accuracy unknown before. From this point of view

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