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April 19, 1902

Alcoholism, A Study in Heredity.

JAMA. 1902;XXXVIII(16):1020. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480160042015

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Dr. Archdall Reid is the champion, we might say, of certain extreme views. It is perhaps not unfair to say that he believes that drunkenness exalteth the nation by weeding out its defectives. The present work is an argument to this effect drawn out at length. Many of his alleged facts are open to dispute and his deductions are still more disputable. The inference that the Northern races have not become immune to alcoholism, while the Southern Europeans have become resistant from long usage and, therefore, temperate, seems unsupported. In fact, the Northern Europeans, the Scandinavians, British, etc., have in all times been drinkers and on the other hand temperance as such is not universal among the Southern Slavs nor even in the so-called Latin race. His statements as regards the effects of prohibition are the commonly repeated ones of the anti-temperance advocates in this country and one does not

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