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August 29, 1896


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JAMA. 1896;XXVII(9):478-480. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430870026001l

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That consumption is a disease of lowered vitality, I think, is not to-day questioned. While the tubercle bacilli is the active agent in this disease, yet observation shows us that while the body tissues are well nourished and the general vitality good, tissue cells have the power of repelling these germs, even though they may be quite plentiful in the body, but lowered vitality predisposes to tuberculosis.

Alcohol lowers the vitality of body tissue. On this point Dr. N. S. Davis says: "Alcohol is a poison and when taken into the system is not assimilated, and while passing through the body disturbs every physiologic process and is finally thrown off through the organs of excretion unchanged. Hence, if not assimilated it can not be a food, and as it disturbs every physiologic process it can not be a medicine. Therefore, if alcohol is not nutritious and serves no purpose as

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