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November 23, 1901


JAMA. 1901;XXXVII(21):1396. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470470038010

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Dr. Dyce Duckworth has lately emitted some views in regard to alcoholic drinking, in an address before a congress of medical examiners at Amsterdam, that seem hardly to agree with the accepted views of life-insurance authorities in this country. He maintains that total abstinence is undesirable in an insurance point of view; in fact, that it would be better for everyone to indulge moderately to just the right amount. He admits that even a slight excess is harmful, and he would not advise the daily use of as much as, what he puts as the physiologic dose, two ounces of alcohol. Yet he believes alcohol to be a food and a valuable element in the daily diet. He also admits that total abstinence is better than any, even the least, misuse. Careless persons with unstable nervous systems and of lower animal nature may, he says, practice total abstinence, but sensible

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