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December 21, 1889

Alcohol Inside Out.

JAMA. 1889;XIII(25):901. doi:10.1001/jama.1889.04440070035018

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Dr. Chenery has considered his subject from the standpoints of chemistry, physiology, pathology and experience, and has presented it in very able form. It is not addressed particularly to the medical profession, but "to the millions." The topics considered are the following: Alcohol, what and whence is it? Alcohol, its way through the system, with observations by the way; Alcohol as a poison, a food, a medicine. In its claims as a food and medicine alcohol receives pretty rough treatment from the writer, who removed his gloves for this purpose. He does not regard it as in any sense a food, or even an "accessory food," by any just interpretation. As a medicine some of its claims to applicability in external and internal medication are admitted; but inasmuch as all its uses are impaired by serious drawbacks, and since other remedies are of equal or superior merit, the writer feels

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