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November 26, 1898

HEREDITY AS A CAUSATIVE FACTOR OF INEBRIETY.

JAMA. 1898;XXXI(22):1273-1274. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.92450220008002c

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Abstract

That heredity is a common cause of alcoholism, and that alcoholism is a disease, is becoming apparent to many medical men of the present day.

In that good old book, the Bible, we are told that "The sins of the parents are visited upon the children to the third and fourth generations." That has been proven to be a fact, in the evil effects produced upon the system by the use of alcohol; the person whose brain and nervous system have been injured, and whose moral and will powers have been weakened, and whose stomach, liver, and other organs have become deranged by the use of alcohol, will transmit some of these derangements to his offspring.

The modern study of the therapeutics of alcohol has proven, without a doubt, that it is not a stimulant or tonic, but an anesthetic and a narcotic, and that it should be classed, in

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