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November 25, 1939

Alcohol and Human Life Being Partly a Revision of "Alcohol and the Human Body," by the late Sir Victor Horsley and the late Dr. Mary Sturge and Others

JAMA. 1939;113(22):1987. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800470063032

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The first edition of this book was published during 1928. The present edition is revised and enlarged. All profits from the book are to be devoted to educational work. The author says that alcoholic indulgence is still the greatest enemy Britain has to fear. His book is, of course, an argument for temperance and prohibition, preferably the latter. It provides massive data regarding the effects of alcohol on life, always with a tendency toward the worst that it does and with little to say about its values. A chapter called "Alcohol and the Duration of Life" is devoted to an analysis and dissection of the writings of Raymond Pearl on the same subject and comes to the conclusion that Pearl is wrong and has not established his case. The book is unfortunately not quite up to date, even in making the best possible use of material distinctly favorable to its

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