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April 24, 1920

THE PHYSICIAN AND PROHIBITION

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Associate Professor of Therapeutics, Rush Medical College CHICAGO

JAMA. 1920;74(17):1143-1144. doi:10.1001/jama.1920.02620170011002

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Abstract

The question now before us is not whether prohibition of the use of intoxicating liquors as beverages is right or wrong—though most of us are convinced that it is one of the most beneficent acts ever passed by a legislature—but, it being the law of the land, how we can aid in its enforcement not merely passively, by obeying the rules and regulations formulated by the authorities, but actively as well by devising ways and means of making easier the establishment of the new order. As the medical and pharmaceutic uses of alcohol offer, at present, some of the most perplexing problems in the administration of prohibition, it behooves us to formulate principles for guidance in our use of alcoholic liquids, most especially to determine to what extent we can dispense with the use of wine, whisky and brandy: for although alcohol prescribed under any other name is just as

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