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ALCOHOL AS A MEDICINE.
stimulant to the scientific study of alcohol, for it was hoped by many that the teachings regarding the deleterious effects of alcohol might be proved incorrect. Unfortunately for the lovers of the bibulous, the proof was all the other way ; great medical men could not be bought by distillers or brewers to tell anything but the truth, and the truth of experimental research was all against alcohol. The text-books endorsed by Mrs. Hunt and her advisory committee being assailed again and again as containing erroneous teaching, were finally, in 1897, submitted to an examining committee of medical experts, nearly all of whom were connected with medical colleges. This committee consisted of Dr. N. S. Davis, Sr., of Chicago, 111. ; Dr. Leartus Connor, of Detroit, Michigan ; Dr. Henry Q. Marcy, of Boston, Mass. ; Dr. E. E. Montgomery, of Philadelphia, Pa. ; Dr. Henry D. Holton, of Brattleboro, Vt. ; and Dr. George F. Shrady, of New York City. From their reports upon the books the following is culled :—
" I find no errors in the teaching of any of them on this subject."
" No statement was found at variance with the most reliable studies of especially competent investigators."
" I was asked to point out any errors in these books which need correcting. I find no such errors."
" I find their teaching completely in accordance with the facts determined through scientific experimentation and investigation."
" I find them to be in substantial accord with the results of the latest scientific investigations."