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July 13, 1940

ORGANIZATION SECTION

JAMA. 1940;115(2):138-139. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810280050017

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Abstract

MEDICAL LEGISLATION 

MEDICAL BILLS IN CONGRESS 

Changes in Status.—  H. R. 5874 has been reported to the House, proposing to include the name of Gustaf E. Lambert among those honored by an act recognizing the high public service rendered by Major Walter Reed and those associated with him in the discovery of the cause and means of transmission of yellow fever. The Senate rejected a proposed amendment to the Revenue Act of 1940 which would have exempted from the increased tax on distilled spirits all alcohol used exclusively for manufacturing drugs. Senator McKellar, Tennessee, in submitting this amendment stated that one of the principal ingredients in all "patent medicines" is alcohol and that " 'patent medicines' are the poor man's doctor."

Bills Introduced.—  S. 4179, introduced by Senator Walsh, Massachusetts, provides for the establishment of a National Physical Fitness Institute in the Federal Security Agency. The institute will be authorized,

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