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ALCOHOL AS A FACTOR IN THE CAUSATION OF PULMONARY CONSUMPTION.

THOMAS J. MAYS, M.D.
JAMA. 1907;XLVIII(5):398-399. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.25220310022001g.
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I am not one of those who believe that the world would be better off if alcohol had never been discovered. Yet there is no gainsaying the fact that directly and indirectly it is the cause of a great deal of misery and suffering. Its prominence as a factor in producing pulmonary consumption is certain; any one who watches the dissolution of families sees the frequency of alcoholism in the forbearer of consumptive sufferers. One of the saddest experiences in a large dispensary service is the almost daily application of young consumptives, of both sexes, for help, whose family history is absolutely free from the trend of inherited phthisis, but who, on inquiry, tell you with a blush of innocence on their faces, that their father or their mother, perhaps both, or some other near relatives, were accustomed to the inordinate use of alcohol.

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