There is no other substance the mere discussion of which so stirs the passion and prejudices of mankind as alcohol. There is no other pharmacologic agent that, to the same extent, has had its praises sung in verse and prose, and that has been cursed as violently and vehemently. A titanic political struggle is being waged for and against it. John Barleycorn is on trial for life. We of the medical profession must be just to the defendant, realizing that all that is has a reason for its existence. As our stand in this conflict must be no uncertain one, let us ask ourselves, What is the rôle of alcohol in the welfare of the human race? What would be the loss to mankind should those prevail who would abolish its use?
ALCOHOL AS A STIMULANT AND A DEPRESSANT
To judge from the opposing views held regarding it, alcohol must
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