The impression prevails that alcohol is used unquestioned as a drug in all the wine and beer making countries of Europe. A therapeutist and author recently wrote that "only in America and among a few extremists is there a doubt of the value of alcohol as a remedy."
I propose to give a brief review of the revolution of practice and theory concerning alcohol in medicine now going on in Europe. Thirty years ago the general principle of practice was stimulation. Alcohol was supposed to rouse up and support vital forces in disease. Twenty-three years ago the first practical denial was put into a permanent position in a public hospital in London, where alcohol was seldom or never used. At first its use was confined to certain extreme cases, then pure alcohol of a definite strength, reduced in water, was administered. Finally, it was abandoned and is now rarely used,
CROTHERS TD. CONTINENTAL VIEWS OF ALCOHOL IN THERAPEUTICS. JAMA. 1900;XXXIV(1):26–28. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.24610010026001g
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