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January 27, 1912

The Army Canteen

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JAMA. 1912;LVIII(4):295-296. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04260010295027

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To the Editor:  —I note that Dr. W. W. Keen of Philadelphia (The Journal, Dec. 16; 1911, p. 2010, and Dec. 30, 1911, p. 2155), is endeavoring to bring the influence of the medical profession to bear on Congress to pass the Bartholdt bill, to bring back the canteen into the Army with the alleged view of promoting temperance and thereby lessening venereal diseases among soldiers. He intimates that he may be misrepresented, abused and even have his motives attacked. As to his motives, he need not fear. The medical profession will give him credit for the sincerity of his opinion, but not for the correctness of that opinion. Suppose we should grant that the canteen is a benefit to the Army; this good is as nothing when put in the balance with the evil moral influence that its establishment is bound to have on the people at large. He