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June 6, 1896

THE ALCOHOLIC QUESTION.

JAMA. 1896;XXVI(23):1135. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430750037005

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Abstract

The agitation of the question of the medicinal value of alcolhol continues with increasing interest both in this country and Europe.

The impression prevails that much of this agitation is carried on by partisans on both sides, especially in this country. In a certain sense this is partially correct, and while many medical men have strong convictions concerning alcohol, there is a constantly increasing desire to ascertain facts that support or disprove present theories. In Europe the question is treated more coolly. The moderate drinker and abstainer join with equal interest to study the action of spirits, and examine the conclusions with scientific fairness. In this country we have the Medical Temperance Association, who affirm that total abstinence is the proper standpoint from which all studies of alcohol must be made. On the other side the committee of fifty, composed of teachers in colleges, ignore all questions of personal interest,

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