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July 6, 1901

The Canteen.

JAMA. 1901;XXXVII(1):39. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470270045017

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Hartford, Conn., June 27, 1901.

To the Editor:  —I have received some letters from members of the Association who were not present at the St. Paul meeting inquiring if the canteen resolutions passed expressed the judgment of the Association at this meeting. I answer, emphatically, "No." No reliable grouping of facts and conclusions on a question on the good or the bad results from the canteen can be settled from six months' experience or the personal observation of any small number of men, and no question of practical science should ever be forced on the Association in the last hour of its session as if afraid of an open, fair discussion. Beyond this the passage of these resolutions was dangerously revolutionary, indicating the possibility of committing the Association to the indorsement of theories and conclusions which any group of men may formulate and shrewdly wait for an opportunity to have

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