Here's an even better example of the medical profeesion's different attitude to drink in the 19th century. It's a page of classified ads from the Lancet of April 20th 1872. (The Lancet is a medical journal which is still published.)
Every single advert but one is for booze. Booze of every description: beer, wine, spirits.
I wonder if the Lancet still carries ads like these?
Lord of the Ales - I have had a long-standing series chronicling the fortunes and perceptions of the “English pub” and “Irish pub” outside Britain, and inside their home land...
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