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April 23, 1932

PRESCRIBING OF ALCOHOLIC LIQUORS BY PHYSICIANS—A STATEMENT BY DR. ARTHUR DEAN BEVAN

JAMA. 1932;98(17):1494. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02730430070027

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To the Editor:  —On February 5 I testified before a Senate committee in Washington, which was holding a hearing on the Bingham bill, which sought to amend the prohibition law so as to permit the manufacture and sale of beer containing 4 per cent of alcohol. My testimony was given wide publicity in the daily press and I find that some of it was misrepresented and misunderstood. I would therefore like the opportunity to correct any erroneous impressions which may have been formed. I stated that the doctor is authorized to write 400 prescriptions a year for a pint of whisky and that a number of doctors had not been able to resist the temptation of selling these prescriptions to patients—some of them selling their full quota of 400 prescriptions a year and a number had even sold their entire books to bootlegging druggists and bootleggers.I feel that the

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