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June 22, 1907


JAMA. 1907;XLVIII(25):2121. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.02520510039006

A storm in a teacup recently was raised in England by the appearance in the London Lancet of an open letter favoring the use of alcohol. The manifesto was signed by sixteen British physicians, many of whom stand so high in the profession as to make the letter at once worthy of notice. A flood of letters immediately appeared in the lay and medical press of Great Britain discussing the sentiments expressed pro and con. A counter manifesto was issued,1 signed by men equally eminent and among whom were Sir Frederick Treves and Sir James Barr. These men emphatically dissented from the opinions expressed in the original document. The inner history of this first document, according to our London correspondent, indicates that it was prepared by a man in no way connected with the medical profession. Further, it appears that the letter presented to the signers was materially different

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