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JAMA Revisited
July 14, 2020

Prohibition and the Medical Profession

JAMA. 2020;324(2):203. doi:10.1001/jama.2019.13521

Originally Published July 17, 1920 | JAMA. 1920;75(3):178.

If one were to take seriously the newspaper jokes and gibes regarding the prescribing of whisky by physicians one might assume that the medical profession had lost all honor. Any self-respecting physician must blush for shame at what he regards as slanders on his profession. Unfortunately, however, the charges are apparently true, so far as they apply to some physicians. The office of the Federal prohibition enforcement officer for Illinois contains sufficient evidence to establish the truth of the reports, so far as they concern a not inconsiderable number of physicians.