Lima, Ohio, Feb. 1, 1899.
To the Editor:
—In the Journal of Nov. 26, 1898, is found the following from the pen of Dr. T. D. Crothers: "It is a startling fact that all the theories current of the food, tonic, stimulant and medicinal powers of alcohol have no support from modern research" (italics mine). This proposition is found near the close of a communication bristling with authorities, all of repute, who have, in detail and specifically, as regards the action of this drug on the nerve-cells, its effects on metabolism, its deteriorating influence on the leucocytes, seemingly established a basis on which Dr. Crothers may plausibly found his argument.The writer of this will not allow precedence to any one in his appreciation of the service that Dr. Crothers has rendered to his kind by correctly diagnosing and successfully treating that perennial plague, inebriety. No individual has done more,