December 22, 1900


JAMA. 1900;XXXV(25):1634. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460510042008

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The reported passage of a resolution by the French house of Deputies against the manufacture and sale of alcoholic liquors pronounced hurtful by the Academy of Medicine, and especially of absinthe, in France, is an evidence of the interest aroused in the alleged causes of national degeneracy in that country. According to all reports, France is suffering in several ways, and her experience should serve as a warning to other countries where the same evils exist to a greater or less extent. Absinthe is an extreme evil, but there seems to be a general awakening in several continental states in regard to the evils of drinking, not only of absinthe, but also of other forms of alcoholic beverages. The temperance workers should derive some encouragement from even a partial prohibition measure in France, which has only recently come to realize its dangers from this and other causes.

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