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November 16, 1895


JAMA. 1895;XXV(20):868-869. doi:10.1001/jama.1895.02430460034005

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For many years there has been an increasing conviction that physiologic instruction of the danger and injuries from alcohol and other narcotics, in schools was the most practical way of lessening the evils of drinking. In accordance with this, laws have been passed in Congress and forty-one different States making it obligatory to teach physiology and hygiene, using such works as have special reference to the effects of alcohol and other narcotics on the human body. Books have been prepared to meet this demand, which have passed the severest criticism, in both Government and other schools.

Evolution and elimination has weeded out all but a few series which have been edited by several eminent medical men. Sweden, Norway, Spain and recently France have taken up this work, and some of these books have been boldly translated and adopted in the private schools of these countries.

The French Department of Instruction

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