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June 6, 1896


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JAMA. 1896;XXVI(23):1112-1115. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430750014001e

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Contrary to all that has been written showing the pernicious effectf of alcohol on the system in health and disease, and contrary to the admonitions of some of the greatest lights of the medical profession, past and present (a few of whom I may mention, viz., Sir Astley Cooper, Prof. Willard Parker, Dr. Benjamin Ward Richardson, Dr. Wm. B. Carpenter, Dr. N. S. Davis and numerous others equally as well known), as to its deleterious effects in disease, and notwithstanding the fact that the mortality rate from pneumonia is higher than fifty years ago, still we persist in using alcohol in pneumonia crouposa.

You can scarcely pick up a text-book or journal for reference as to the treatment of pneumonia, without being confronted with the fact that you must stimulate your patient with alcohol.

We boast of the great advancements made in surgery and medicine, and contrast our knowledge of

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