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September 13, 1913

THE JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION

JAMA. 1913;61(11):870-874. doi:10.1001/jama.1913.04350110052018
Abstract

DIFFERENTIAL IMPORTANCE OF THE ALCOHOL CONTENT OF THE BLOOD  We have not increased our information concerning the mechanism by which the body defends itself and decreases its susceptibility to simple chemical poisons to anything like the extent to which we have advanced our knowledge about immunity to bacteria and to foreign proteins. That the processes involved in acquiring resistance to the two classes of poisons are quite different seems to be established, and for the most part the simple poisons seem to be attacked by simple chemical processes, such as oxidation, precipitation or union with simple chemical radicals. There is no more marked illustration of acquired tolerance to a chemical poison than that furnished by alcohol, and in view of its significance for the general problems of immunity or adaptation, a recent study of the alcohol content of the blood during different conditions is of considerable importance.1The author

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