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Hartford, Conn., July 1, 1907.
To the Editor:
—All physicians and writers have experienced great difficulty in securing exact data on subjects pertaining to alcohol and narcotics and the allied topics of insanity, crime and hygienic subjects associated with these. Many valuable papers, pamphlets, books and studies have had a very limited usefulness because they were scattered and not gathered and put on file in some central place. Not any of the large libraries do more than file away the various independent publications on these subjects and make no effort to secure a general literature covering all phases of the subject. The physician and the teacher, as well as the writer, have long ago recognized the need of some central agency for the collection and dissemination of the rapidly accumulating facts in this field.The late Mrs. M. H. Hunt of Boston had gathered more than 2,000 books and pamphlets
Crothers TD. The Scientific Temperance Federation—A New Movement.. JAMA. 1907;XLIX(2):157–158. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.02530020061012
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