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February 29, 1936

Stop-Light

JAMA. 1936;106(9):734. doi:10.1001/jama.1936.02770090070034

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Abstract

This is not temperance education, though it pays lip service to the principle of education as opposed to propaganda. It is propaganda for national prohibition, not education in the effect of alcohol on the health of the user. "I seek," says the author, "to arrest attention and direct it upon the elementary and undisputed facts of beverage alcohol as they are presented in the cold science of the time." In another place, "we seek the fact, the truth... no fancy, no theory, no extravagance of fanaticism, no interested perversion of the propagandist, will be allowed a hearing." Having thus vehemently castigated the propagandist, the author proceeds to write four chapters of pure propaganda, which would have been better and more worthy of respect as propaganda if it had been presented frankly for what it is, since obviously the author, or any one else, has a right to crusade for prohibition

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