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June 1, 1935

A New Deal in Liquor: A Plea for Dilution

JAMA. 1935;104(22):2025. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.02760220071041

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This is a historical, physiologic and sociological monograph on the alcohol problem in society, by a physiologist well known to American physicians for his investigations, especially on the heart, circulation and respiration. As indicated by the subtitle, Dr. Henderson's solution for the liquor problem is dilution; that is, to discourage, by education and appropriate legislation, the consumption of beverages with an alcohol content higher than 15 or 20 per cent. As to this, the author is on the solid ground of established physiologic and medical facts, but he ends his discussion with the pessimistic prophecy "that our future in respect to alcohol will be essentially like our past"; that is, periodic oscillations between the extremes of prohibition and unrestrained indulgence in ardent spirits. The monograph is both readable and reliable. While intended primarily for laymen, it contains matters of much interest to physicians, among which is a reprint of the

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