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July 16, 1927


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Mitchell, Ind.

JAMA. 1927;89(3):227. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02690030059033

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To the Editor:  —A man giving the name Webster recently called on me, saying that he had been referred to me for treatment by the superintendent of the cement mills here. He claimed that he had to use sulphate of morphine in intestinal irrigations for amebic dysentery, and in support of his statement he presented what purported to be a letter from Dr. — of Nashville, Tenn. This supposed letter said that the patient was incurable and that any physician would be doing a kind act to furnish him with 40 grains of sulphate of morphine or prescribe it for him. Dr.—, by whom the supposed letter was purported to have been written, had, according to the letter, furnished the patient with scales for weighing out the quantity to be used and had given instructions as to dosage. Inquiry showed that the superintendent of the cement mills had not referred

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