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Disease of Intemperance.

J. Ackerman Coles, A.B., A.M., M.D.
JAMA. 1898;XXXI(16):939. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.02450160061012.
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Newark, N. J., Oct. 4.

To the Editor:  —In your timely article on "The International Temperance Congress," in the Journal of the American Medical Association (Oct. 1, 1898), you well say, "The questions concerning the action of alcohol and inebriety and its cure and prevention, are vital in almost every neighborhood of the for land, and it would seem to be a most practical subject medical men to discuss and study," for physicians pre-eminently possess the power to arrest and prevent the spread of the disease of intemperance. They alone can prohibit with authority the use of alcohol in the nursery, hospital and general practice, and so prevent the acquirement of the appetite for alcoholic drinks—slowly induced in some, in some more rapidly—which, Tantalus-like, torments and devours the sufferer with a perpetual thirst.According to the best authority, experience has demonstrated it to be a fact that as regards the


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