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December 14, 1901

The Army Canteen.

JAMA. 1901;XXXVII(24):1620. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470500048015

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Abstract

Hartford, Conn, Dec. 6, 1901.

To the Editor:  —The American Public Health Association is composed of many very practical men, and it is reasonable to suppose that they knew what they endorsed by vote at a recent session. The following resolution was offered and considered in a committee, then unanimously passed in the general session of the Association:"Resolved, That this body deplores any action in curtailing the operation of army canteens or post exchanges and in the interest of general and military sanitation and temperance recommend their establishment as formerly existing in the United States."The spirit interests have circulated this resolution very widely as evidence that the canteens, with beer and spirits, are needed to keep the army temperate and sober. The "anticanteeners" are using the same resolution to demonstrate that the public health doctors want no change, but recommend the establishment of the canteen "as formerly existing

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