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November 26, 1898

ALCOHOL ON TISSUE AND CELL GROWTH.WHAT RECENT INVESTIGATIONS SHOW OF ITS DESTRUCTIVE ACTION.

JAMA. 1898;XXXI(22):1271-1273. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.92450220006002b

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Abstract

I can only hope to point out some general facts which have been confirmed by repeated observations of many persons. Within five years an increasing interest in alcohol has begun in the laboratories, and the question of how alcohol acts on the body is recognized as the great coming theme. The theories of the past are called in question, and a large number of scientific men are trying to solve the problems of alcohol, only to find how complex and difficult they are. Our familiarity with the effects of alcohol are far beyond all knowledge of its chemistry and pathology. We interpret the symptoms and theorize from them without any knowledge of the actual conditions present. A change has come and the question is ''Why should alcohol cause exhilaration or stupor, delirium and delusion? Why should profound changes follow its use with intense degeneration and destruction of both body and

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