In April, 1889, I presented a paper before the Medical Society of the County of Broome, this State, entitled "The Use of Alcohol in Medicine." This paper was published in the New York Journal of Medicine, Sept. 28, 1889. At that time I took the position that our text-books on materia medica and therapeutics needed revision, since their statements relative to the effects of alcohol upon the human system had been proven by modern research and observation to be erroneous.
In my article I made many quotations from our standard authors, a few of which I here repeat. "Alcohol is a useful food." "An important remedy in the various forms of pulmonary phthisis." (Bartholow.) "The early administration of the preparations containing alcohol furnishes our best means of counteracting the depressing action of disease in general" (Bidwell.) "Alcohol is the savings bank of the tissues. He who eats little and drinks