An International Physicians' Temperance League.
At the beginning of this year, there was inaugurated in Germany, an International League of total abstinence from the use of alcoholic liquors. This was taken up by the Allg. Med. Central Zeitung, which urges every physician throughout the world to cooperate and add his name to the list. The following is the appeal which has been addressed to the physicians of all lands and all tongues.
Appeal from the physicians of all countries to governments, rulers, legislators, teachers, clergyman and all who have the welfare of the present and future generations at heart. We, who are members of the medical profession and by our studies peculiarly qualified to recognize and appreciate the nature and the action of alcoholic drinks, do declare it as our settled conviction that these drinks are entirely unnecessary and extremely injurious, so that the evils resulting from the drinking of alcoholic beverages should and must be prevented and exterminated.
Above all, the young should be educated in every possible way and by example, and be protected by legislation, so that they may learn to refrain from alcoholic beverages. This must be done in order to promote and ensure the happiness, welfare ^and progress of the nations. We must all join this International League.
Ellingwood's Therapeutist, Vol. 2, 1908, was edited by Finley Ellingwood M.D.