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June 7, 1890


JAMA. 1890;XIV(23):809-812. doi:10.1001/jama.1890.02410230001001

THE RESPONSIBILITY OF DIPSOMANIACS.  Read in the Section on Medical Jurisprudence, at the Forty-first Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association, Nashville, Tenn., May, 1890.BY THOMAS B. EVANS, M.D., OF BALTIMORE, MD. CHAIRMAN OF SECTION ON MEDICAL JURISPRUDENCE.In the present period, when the attention of the whole civilized world is being directed to a consideration of the ravages that follow the improper use of alcoholic beverages: when legislators, National, State and municipal in our own country are deliberating upon the enactment of laws for curtailing their use; when Judges of law are departing from old and well recognized decisions as to the responsibility of the victims of its abuse, it is right and proper that from this medical centre, there should go forth some expression of our conclusions, based upon the facts that support and sustain the faith that within us rests.It is hardly necessary to attempt