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August 6, 1910

Alcohol a Dangerous and Unnecessary Medicine.

JAMA. 1910;55(6):523. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.04330060075035

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In this preface to the second edition of her book, Mrs. Allen says that ten years have brought about a great change in the attitude of physicians as regards the use of alcohol as a drug. This is largely true, as anyone following the literature of the day can observe. It is probable also that the work of the society under the auspices of which her book was first published has contributed considerably in an indirect, if not in a direct way, to this result. Physicians are not insensible to influences from any quarter and many of them have possibly been induced to give more particular attention to this subject than they would otherwise have done.

While at the present time the majority of physicians consider alcohol a useful if not an indispensable agent in the treatment of disease at times, they also recognize its dangers as a habit-inducing drug,

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