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November 25, 1893


JAMA. 1893;XXI(22):819-820. doi:10.1001/jama.1893.02420740029008

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When any abuse or apparent wrong excites widespread inquiry, the English Government has always shown great readiness to investigate it through a Parliamentary committee. From this has come some of the best studies on various social and sanitary topics ever made. The temperance question, and asylums for inebriates, insane and others of the dependent classes have been the subject of exhaustive investigation and the reports in the Blue Books are libraries of facts of great value. In striking contrast to this is the opposition of our Congress for many years, to the persistent efforts for a governmental commission to inquire into the alcoholic traffic of this country. The English Government during the past ten years have had three Parliamentary Commissions who have, after months and years of investigations, issued large reports of testimony, on various phases of alcohol and its use and abuses.

A few months ago the House of

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