July 14, 1917


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Coleraine, Minn.

JAMA. 1917;LXIX(2):140. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.02590290062026

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To the Editor:  —This morning a man with a nice looking face came to the Coleraine Hospital. He was using crutches, and had had one of his limbs removed, and also a portion of the pelvis, since he said that he was tuberculous. In short, he was a drug addict, and urgently begged me to give him morphin and cocain—just 2 grains of each. He hailed from Canada, and had only the day before secured enough from a physician at Hibbing to tide him over the day. He was on his way to Duluth to "take the cure."Realizing that the person was like most of that, type, I refused to give him any great amount of the drugs, and therefore wrote him a prescription for morphin and cocain, of each, gr. i. Imagine my surprise to find at the local pharmacist's where I chanced in a few hours later,

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