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July 7, 1900


JAMA. 1900;XXXV(1):35-36. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460270043011

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Dr. Charles E. Woodruff, of the U. S. Army, in a communication in a lay journal, the Detroit Tribune, discusses the use of alcoholic stimulants, and claims that in certain states of exhaustion they are valuable. But he goes further than this and maintains that in some climatic and social conditions they are also essential. Thus he says, "As we go south, more of the normal people feel the need of stimulation to counteract the effects of the heat, until we reach lands where every one drinks moderately," and in another place he says that in the unnatural conditions of modern city life they are also needed and that "the liquor traffic is a necessity of modern deadly city life." His claim elsewhere made that alcohol is beneficial to soldiers in the tropics is discussed and refuted from military statistics in a late (June 21) issue of the Boston

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