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October 19, 1907


JAMA. 1907;XLIX(16):1371-1372. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.02530160049009

As might perhaps have been expected, the perennial alcohol question came up before the physiologic section of the British Association for the Advancement of Science1 at its late meeting—in fact, it was selected as the subject of general interest, which it has been the custom to discuss at each session for the past few years. As a dispassionate discussion of the subject, it was, as the correspondent of Nature, in his report of the meeting, says, all that could be desired, and the most remarkable feature in connection with it was the very narrow margin which separated those who took different views as to the value of alcohol. On the whole, however, the advocates of alcohol can hardly claim that the weight of physiologic opinion was very much in their favor. The results of ergographic tests of the effects of alcohol, as presented by Drs. Rivers and Waller, admittedly

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