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November 22, 1902

WHY PROHIBITION FAILS.

JAMA. 1902;XXXIX(21):1327. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480470037011

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Abstract

The Journal of Medicine and Science, the official organ of the Maine Academy of Medicine and Science, and the only regular medical journal published in the state, says that prohibition does prohibit if there are only zealous and faithful officials to enforce the law. That the law can be enforced was shown, it says, by the late sheriff of Cumberland County, and a noticeable diminution in the demands on the poor fund was an accompanying result. It quotes, further, the experience of the city of Quincy, Mass., which for twenty years has been without the open saloon. During that time it has doubled its population, tripled its valuation and increased its savings bank deposits over fourfold. All this is not so remarkable as the additional fact that while the population has doubled, the amount required for poor relief has diminished a notable per cent. This is testimony from an apparently

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