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December 12, 1891

Alcohol. The Other Side.

JAMA. 1891;XVII(24):940-941. doi:10.1001/jama.1891.02411020038006

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Abstract

In The Journal of November 28, Dr. Chenery, of Boston, tells what he knows about alcohol, and the article shows that he is well posted on the subject, but I am persuaded from its perusal that the Doctor has entirely ignored the good alcohol will do in disease. His aim in writing the article was to show how much evil it would do, and this way of writing up an article is not right. Nearly all writers, it does not matter on what subject they are writing, have a point to make, and to do this they sum up all the testimony they can get to make their point, but they rarely say anything that would likely destroy the force of their argumeut. Dr. Chenery admits that alcohol is an anæsthetic, but for fear some one will use it for that effect he immediately tells us that ether and chloroform,

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