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November 21, 1891

ETHER INEBRIETY.Read in the Section of Medical Jurisprudence and Neurology, at the Forty-second Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association, held at Washington, D. C., May, 1891.

Author Affiliations

OF LONDON, ENG. PRESIDENT SOCIETY FOR THE STUDY OF INEBRIETY; CHAIRMAN BRITISH MEDICAL ASSOCIATION, INEBRIATES' LEGISLATION COMMITTEE; CONSULTING PHYSICIAN, DALRYMPLE HOME.

JAMA. 1891;XVII(21):791-794. doi:10.1001/jama.1891.02410990009001c

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Abstract

Ireland has in the nineteenth century presented to the world two interesting and remarkable series of inebrio-psychological phenomena. In 1838, a simple-minded Roman Catholic priest, Father Mathew, adopted and began to advocate the practice of abstinence from all intoxicating drinks. So amazing was the impression made by him that, in three years, the roll of the teetotal pledges which he had administered exceeded 5,000,000, in Ireland, in addition to large numbers in England, Scotland and America. The reality of this epidemic of temperance was attested by the statement of the Chief Secretary, in 1840, that "the duties of the military and police in Ireland are now almost entirely confined to keeping the ground clear for the operation of Father Mathew." Though this great wave of sobriety has gradually receded, till now the extent of drinking in Erin is simply terrible, I am every now and again meeting professionally with sons

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