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February 25, 1933

PROGRESS OF MEDICINAL LIQUOR LEGISLATION

JAMA. 1933;100(8):579-580. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740080043014
Abstract

The medicinal liquor bill sponsored by the American Medical Association was reported to the House of Representatives by the Committee on the Judiciary, February 15, with a recommendation that it pass.1 The bill may now come before the House for action at any time. If it passes the House, however, as it seems likely to do, it must still run the gantlet of the Senate.

This bill, if enacted, will do away with the quantitative limits on the medical use of alcohol and on the issue of prescriptions, now arbitrarily fixed by the National Prohibition Act. It will substitute for them the simple formula, "no more liquor shall be prescribed to any person than is necessary to supply his medical needs." To safeguard against the possible abuse of the right to prescribe liquor, the bill provides that the Attorney General and the Secretary of the Treasury jointly may promulgate

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