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September 30, 1893

SPECIAL INFLUENCES OF ALCOHOL ON THE BODY.Read in the Section of Neurology and Medical Jurisprudence, at the Forty-fourth Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association.

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JAMA. 1893;XXI(14):482-485. doi:10.1001/jama.1893.02420660012001c

In discussing the nature of inebriety, and the magnitude of its influence on mankind, it will be necessary to observe the effects of alcohol upon the physical body, upon the mind and upon the moral attributes.

And first, let us consider some of the effects of alcohol upon the material organism.

The influences of alcohol upon the human body are of a nature so intricate, so distracting and often so apparently inconsistent with each other, that it is difficult to classify them in a clear and satisfactory manner.

These influences might be arranged into groups representing on the one hand, drunkenness, its relations and phenomena; and on the other representing physical degenerations, with their various connections and dependencies. Perhaps as comprehensive a division of the subject as any would be as follows :

1. The effects of alcohol upon the nerves;

2. Upon the blood; and

3. Upon the physical