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September 5, 1896

STATE SUPPRESSION OF INEBRIETY AND CURE OF INEBRIATES.

JAMA. 1896;XXVII(10):517-519. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430880009002a

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Abstract

Much attention has been given in this country and elsewhere, within the last fifty years, to the subjects of inebriety and the cure of inebriates. Many schemes for the suppression of inebriety and the cure, or reformation, of drunkards have been suggested, adopted and tested experimentally with—notwithstanding much good accomplished —unsatisfactory results. These schemes have consisted mostly of so-called temperance societies, on becoming members of which persons pledged themselves by signature, or oath, to totally abstain from intoxicating drinks; political party organizations, seeking by legislation to prohibit the manufacture or sale of intoxicants within the State; public and private asylums for inebriates; and last, if not least, innumerable gold-cures and other quack pretensions for the regeneration of drunkards.

Promising as some of these schemes were in their inception, that they have all failed to accomplish the desired end is not now a mystery to the more observing and thoughtful.

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