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March 20, 1886


JAMA. 1886;VI(12):335. doi:10.1001/jama.1886.04250030083011

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To the Editor of the Journal: 

Dear Sir:  —I am much struck by Dr. Frederick Horner's paper, "A Plea in Behalf of a Hospital for Naval Inebriates," in The Journal for March 6. It is especially painful to infer that the sober men are inferior to the bulk of their comrades, for we are told that. "apart from inebriety, these are in all respects the best and most intelligent men in the service." In every rural community there is a drunken medical practitioner who is "the best doctor in town, if you can find him sober!"We may grant that inebriety is a disease, but it is one the causation of which is so well known that its victims are as inexcusable as those of syphilis. Let the cadet and midshipman know that prompt dismissal will follow the first detection of the drinking habit, and there will be no occasion

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