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May 19, 1900


JAMA. 1900;XXXIV(20):1267. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460200053010

An army surgeon, in a paper in one of our contemporaries,1 has expressed the opinion, contrary to that issued from the army headquarters, that the use of intoxicating drink is essential to continued health in the tropics, and another, a surgeon of volunteers, in the same issue, though his opinion is modestly given as the result of only one year's experience in active service in the same region, maintains the directly opposite view; he is certain that, as Americans drink it, strong liquor is injurious. The native liquor of the Philippines causes, he says, in its habitués, loss of appetite, fever and diarrhea, and the same results from the irregular American habit of drinking generally. His belief is that "the use of liquor in any form in the tropics is unnecessary, except it be the red wine issued by the Spanish Government to their troops." Judging from the