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September 5, 1885

LETTER FROM LONDON.

JAMA. 1885;V(10):276-277. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.02391090024010

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Abstract

The Use of Alcohol in Sickness—Over-Pressure in Schools—The Congress of Teachers of the Blind— Cholera Beds at St. Bartholomew's Hospital—Deodorization of Sewers—How to Bring up Babies—The Gordon Memorial Hospital.

At least two interesting papers were read at the meeting of the British Medical Association at Cardiff. Dr. Norman Kerr's subject was "Ought we to Prescribe Alcohol?" and his moderate and sensible remarks may be recommended to the consideration of every physician. There were medical men (said Dr. Kerr) who seemed to order wine and spirits for patients of both sexes, and at all ages, in every ailment. There were, again, daring innovators who denied that alcohol in any form or in any quantity possesses useful medicinal virtues. Medical men ought to limit their prescription of alcohol to the occasion, taking care that the medicine was not continued after the purpose for which the stimulant was given

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