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May 19, 1923


JAMA. 1923;80(20):1466-1467. doi:10.1001/jama.1923.02640470044022

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Prohibition  The view that prohibition is not acceptable to this country, expressed in a previous letter, is confirmed by the rejection by the House of Commons by an overwhelming majority, of a bill to enforce it. The bill was introduced by Mr. Scrymgeour, the solitary member of the house returned as a prohibitionist. In a speech tinged with religious fervor, he drew a lurid picture of the evils of drink, and twitted the house on its inconsistency in forbidding the saloon to those under 18, and treating it as "a paradise regained" for those above that age. Those engaged in the drink business paid the penalty: they died off more rapidly than those engaged in any other business. The motion in favor of the bill was seconded by Dr. Slater, a physician and member of the labor party. He pointed out that the house had taken strong action against dangerous

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