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July 11, 1936

Foreign Letters

JAMA. 1936;107(2):140-144. doi:10.1001/jama.1936.02770280050020

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LONDON  (From Our Regular Correspondent)May 23, 1936.

Decline in Medicinal Use of Alcohol  At one time alcohol was extensively prescribed in England for the treatment of disease, mainly for its supposed action as a stimulant; but its use has been diminishing, as shown by figures given in a booklet by Dr. C. C. Weeks entitled "Alcohol in Hospital Practice." Combining the figures of every class of hospital, he found that in 1900 with 383,000 patients the average cost of alcohol per patient was 20 cents, which in terms of brandy is equivalent to 6 8/10 ounces. In 1923 with 670,800 patients the average cost was 16 cents per patient, equivalent to 1 3/10 ounces of brandy. The much greater reduction in the brandy than in the cost is due to a great increase in the cost of alcoholic drinks since the war. In 1934, with 1,704,222 patients, the cost

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