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April 9, 1887


JAMA. 1887;VIII(15):409-410. doi:10.1001/jama.1887.02391400017005

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"A banquet without wine would be a hollow mockery." Such is the apparently serious exclamation in a recent editorial in one of our valuable exchanges.

The author of it was very properly deprecating the evil influence of the example of providing wine or alcoholic drink for banquets at annual meetings of State or other Medical Societies, and yet claiming that some kind of entertainment or social reunion is desirable on such occasions.

The same mental embarrassment that troubles our editorial confrère, has troubled in times past, and is still troubling the minds of many thousands of good people, who dread the terrible dangers of the luring wine-cup in the family, in the social circle, and on the banqueting table; and yet they seem puzzled to know how to be social or hospitable without it; or more correctly speaking, they are greatly oppressed with the fear that if the wine is

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