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January 20, 1912

The Army Canteen

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Montrose, Pa.

JAMA. 1912;LVIII(3):214-215. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04260010216025

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To the Editor:  —Dr. W. W. Keen pleads from the physician's standpoint for the restoration of the army canteen. I submit some facts, and views which are as honestly and earnestly held, but which do not accord with Dr. Keen's position on this important question.Dr. Keen is to be commended for his strong position on social total abstinence, and when he says that he would nail up the doors of every saloon, and put on them a placard, "To rent for some decent business", I am with him heart and soul. But then, with only a semicolon between, he says, "and yet I am in favor of allowing beer to be sold to the soldiers"!Now I am led to believe that the canteen is simply a vicious saloon run by the government. Its results are the same as those of all saloons—drunkenness, disease and crime. It has been

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