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November 27, 1926


JAMA. 1926;87(22):1841-1842. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02680220057019

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Medicated Wine Held to Be an "Intoxicating Liquor"  A preparation named "Wincarnis," advertised to consist of wine and meat extract and extensively sold as a "patent medicine," has come under the ban of the revenue authorities. The case arose over its sale by a pharmacist who did not hold a license entitling him to be a retailer of intoxicating liquor. The magistrates held that by this omission he had committed an offense; they fined him $5 and ordered him to pay the analyst's fee. The point was reviewed by the high court, and the decision was upheld. The magistrates had found that the liquid was an intoxicating liquor, was medicated, and tasted of quinine. The high court had only to consider whether there were materials whereon the magistrates could reach the conclusion which they in fact reached, that this liquid was wine. The court was satisfied that there were. The

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