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July 12, 1884


JAMA. 1884;III(2):54-55. doi:10.1001/jama.1884.02390510026008

To the Editor: 

Your first question:  — "How does it happen that during its presence (that of alcohol), not only the products of combustion, but the sum total of all eliminations are diminished?" is premised upon a subtly devised sophism, and by the right of discovery I claim the opportunity thus afforded me—and with such an antagonist I may not soon find another—of asking, what proof can you bring forward in support of the assertion evidently conveyed by the question? Neither in lecture nor communication, have I attempted to show that the temperature of the body could be raised or lowered by the exhibition of alcohol. True, you mention that Anstie noticed a lowering of the temperature, and as you are no doubt well aware, this was in cases where complete stupor, or a condition of anæsthesia had been reached. As having a special bearing on this point, the investigations

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