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July 12, 1890


JAMA. 1890;XV(2):66-67. doi:10.1001/jama.1890.02410280026004

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It is a curious fact that while the American physician has contributed very little towards the solution of the question of alcohol as a food and medicine, his studies of the inebriate and different methods of treatment are far in advance, and largely quoted by all European authorities. Until recently the literature of this subject has received but little attention in the American Medical Association. Possibly because the intense agitation in lay circles may have covered up the medical interest and strengthened the impression that the subject was entirely a moral one. In the British Medical Association for over a dozen years, numerous papers have been read on the different phases of the alcoholic question, and committees appointed to consider them. One, a Committee on Legislation for Habitual Drunkards, has been continued for years, and has made some excellent reports. Another committee has been very prominent, called a Committee on

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