It is not long ago that alcohol enjoyed a wide range of therapeutic usefulness. It was given to reduce fever and it was taken to produce warmth; it was prescribed for sleeplessness as well as for the purpose of arousing the flagging mental activities; it was supposed to stimulate the appetite and to furnish food, and it was used accordingly; and in the treatment of infections and certain intoxications, acute as well as chronic, alcohol has long played a very prominent part. In not a few instances the treatment of infections with alcohol in its various forms has been carried to such an extent that "heroic" is the most popular term to describe the doses given.
But the rôle of alcohol as a panacea is being rapidly curtailed. The light of exact investigation has shown that the therapeutic value of alcohol rests on an insecure basis, and it is constantly
THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL UPON SUSCEPTIBILITY TO INFECTION. JAMA. 1900;XXXV(10):628. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460360034005
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