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October 12, 1895

Blood Poisoning—Alcohol.

JAMA. 1895;XXV(15):639. doi:10.1001/jama.1895.02430410039015

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Oran, Mo., Sept. 30, 1895.

To the Editor:  —To write a readable article on blood poisoning requires considerable medical knowledge and a very vivid imagination. Witness recent articles in the Journal. Many maladies come within the scope of this heading. All contagious diseases (and many non-contagious). So does la grippe, malaria, pneumonia, etc. The field is large and there is much speculation along this line.The ancient medical philosopher believed in blood contamination and wrote much in defense of his belief. To say that he drew largely on his imagination is to put it very mildly. The modern physician is in the same category. He believes in blood poisons, too, but he thinks it silly to say of him that he does not know exactly what he is talking about, when he uses the term. He can (so he thinks), point out the particular poison in each case. He calls

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