September 22, 1906


JAMA. 1906;XLVII(12):941-942. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.02520120037006

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Some very interesting data with regard to the comparative consumption of milk and alcohol in the London hospitals during the past forty years was the subject of an important communication from Sir Victor Horsley, the distinguished London surgeon, at the recent meeting of the British Medical Association at Toronto. These data are not likely to reach physicians through the ordinary channels because they were announced at the temperance luncheon instead of at the usual section meetings. According to Dr. Horsley the proportionate consumption of alcohol and of milk has been exactly reversed during the past forty years as the result of advance in medical knowledge with regard to the inefficiency of alcohol for the cure of disease. Forty years ago, at the beginning of the seventh decade of the nineteenth century, the expenditure for alcohol in the London hospitals was about $40,000 a year. The expenditure for milk during the

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