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July 31, 1915

Ben Franklin's Views

JAMA. 1915;LXV(5):447-448. doi:10.1001/jama.1915.02580050075027

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To the Editor:  —I have read with interest the letter of Dr. Diller with its illuminating discussion of Benjamin Franklin's contributions to medicine (The Journal, July 10, 1915, p. 189). My object in writing to The Journal was chiefly to direct attention to the inconsistency in Franklin's habits and practice as contrasted with the condemnation of malt liquors contained in the extract of his autobiography published in The Journal, June 5, 1915, p. 1933. This inconsistency Dr. Diller does not question, nor can it be explained away. The brewing interests of the country, rightly concerned over the growing attitude of disfavor as regards the use of alcohol, have been exploiting the views of Franklin in the newspapers in an effort to increase the consumption of their product. Both Franklin and John Hancock have been represented as championing the cause of the brewers.I thought I was well within the limits

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