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September 28, 1895


JAMA. 1895;XXV(13):547-548. doi:10.1001/jama.1895.02430390033005

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It has been apparent for some time that medical men can not ignore and stand aloof from the great revolution in public sentiment concerning alcohol used indiscriminately as a medicine and as a beverage. During the past year, not only in this country, but in Europe, the center of wine drinking, most startling innovations and changes have been proposed. In this country only two societies of medical men have taken up this topic. One, the Association for the Study and Cure of Inebriety, organized in 1870, for the exclusive purpose of studying the causes, conditions and means of treatment of inebriates; and the other, organized in 1891, called the Medical Temperance Association, whose special object is to promote investigation as to the action of alcohol in health and disease. Both of these societies discuss the medical side of the topic, and are in no way identified with any popular movements

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