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November 4, 1939

Alcohol: Its Action on the Human Organism

JAMA. 1939;113(19):1760-1761. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800440064034

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In 1916 a distinguished British committee including such names as those of Cushny, Dale, Mott and Sherrington, later supplemented by Mellanby and Myers, prepared a statement on the effects of alcohol on the human body. In 1920 there was a careful revision, and a second edition appeared in 1924. The present edition has been prepared by a new committee, since some of the former members have died, and the book is now published on the authority of the Medical Research Council of Great Britain. It is an authoritative work as to the effects of alcohol on digestion and respiration and also considers its poisonous effects, its uses as a medicine, and the effect of alcohol on longevity. Here, it is the conclusion that mortality rates of persons especially exposed to the temptations of alcohol freely are unfavorable, but the statistical data now available do not suggest that a strictly moderate

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