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July 14, 1900

Alcohol as a Food.

JAMA. 1900;XXXV(2):110. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460280046019

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Clarendon, Texas, June 13, 1900.

To the Editor:  —I am surprised to see in The Dallas News, an editorial which quotes The Journal, and other medical journals, as authority for the statement "that alcohol can not by any scientific evidence be called a food." I supposed that all scientific medical men of this day had long since accepted as a fact established, and no longer sub judice, that alcohol up to a certain amount was consumed and utilized as food. I am therefore exceedingly surprised to see a reputable medical journal discuss the subject at all, and, of course, much more so to find it lending its influence to the propagation of false teaching. I have at hand the latest and most authoritative teachings on the subject which agree fully with my observation and experience that, in the language of one of these authorities—Thompson—"In many cases of malnutrition, and malassimilation

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