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I MASTERTON, April 7. One of the surprises of the last few days has been the publication of letters from Masterton's four leading doctors, .each-.of .them paying a tribute to Prohibition. That doctors in a local No-license area should thus write is in itself a- remarkable testimony to the-greater, benefits 1 which will be derived through . National Prohibition. The letters are as follow: —

24 Perry Street, Masterton, .. ..,--■■ : April 4, 1919.' We are not airare of any case of drug habit in .this. district contracted during Na-licehse. Under Prohibition we should imagine it would be quite-as difficult to procure--morphia and cocaine as alcohol, and we fail to see any. reason to fear an increase of the morphia, or cocaine, habit under Prohibition. The regular use of alcohol increases the users', susceptibility to infection 1 in "times of epidemic, and lessens the chance of recovery when once'infected.. HELEN COWIE, M.B. Ch.B. ■■ J. A. COWIE. M,D,,F,S.C. (E). • Masterton, April 5, 1919.Since \No-license was carried :in Miisterton I know of• no case of drug habit. I do not consider the carry--line of No-license will have any effect in inducing the return* of the late epidemic. Alcohol is a very useful drug in the treatment of many cases of influenza, but it is notorious that the chronic alcohol victims were among the worst cases we had to deal with, and a very large. proportion' of them died. ".' '. PERCY R. COOK, M.8., Ch.B. Perry Street', Masterton, April 4, 1919. ' The comment thnt the giving up of alcohol will increase drug habits is scientifically unsound, and I wonder c that it has "not been refuted by the ' consumers of alcohol themselves, especially the Moderates. I have known of no case of the "cocaine or morphia habit contracted in Masterton under No-license, and no one really expects any in New Zealand under.. Prohibition. There is a. more • pressing danger than" the drug habit —the spread of venereal disease —and £he consumption of alcohol is the 'chief contributory cause of this. There was hardly one of our soldiers who contracted venereal disease during the war but who did so while under the influence of liquor. NORMAN H. PRIOR, M.8., Ch.B.

Individual testimony has been supplied by eminent doctors in every part of the Dominion certifying that only good can result from National Prohibition. Medical science therefore calls upon - the citizens of New Zealand to vote for the health and welfare of the nation. The Liquor Trade's "unclean influence in politics and commerce ia well known, but few people would have believed. that through, men^bers personally- interested in tie "Trade"' and a pro-liquor chairman it could hold up. the whole Medical Association on a great National issue gravely affecting the health of the people". Is if not'time that this"trade" was banished from national life? 4

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MASTERTON DOCTORS SPEAK OUT., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9582, 9 April 1919

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MASTERTON DOCTORS SPEAK OUT. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9582, 9 April 1919