Within the past year much has been said and written about alcohol. The daily press, the school periodicals and the medical journals have abounded in articles treating of various phases of the alcohol question. Professor Atwater's calorimeter experiments and his arraignment of the school text-books, together with the controversy regarding the army canteen, have reopened afresh questions which were supposed to be practically settled.
Most extended and trustworthy experiments have been performed in respiration-calorimeters by numerous investigators in Europe, and several European governments have made exhaustive experiments with alcohol in their armies; but a scientific question is never settled as long as new evidence is forthcoming, and all fair-minded people are open to conviction on all controversial questions.
The writer brings report of no new experiments; but attempts simply to discuss work done by others and to determine from these almost innumerable experiments and observations the relation of ethyl alcohol