October 1, 1898


JAMA. 1898;XXXI(14):800-801. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.02450140054009

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Many persons have the impression that temperance work is confined to this country and England, while on the Continent, the art of moderate and temperate drinking has become so perfected that temperance work or societies are not needed. It will be news to such people that active temperance efforts on the Continent, in the wine and beer districts, are more intense and better organized than in this country.

Eighteen years ago the leading temperance men on the Continent met at Brussels and organized an International Temperance Congress. The members were largely medical men, teachers and government officials, with a few philanthropists and clergymen. The leading questions discussed at this congress were the best means of obtaining distilled liquors which contained pure alcohols, the physical action of pure artificial alcohol; also the best methods of preventing the use of poisons in mixed drinks. A committee of scientists and physicians presented an

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