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September 23, 1916


JAMA. 1916;LXVII(13):958. doi:10.1001/jama.1916.02590130044018

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That he may have a physician's prescription calling for one-quarter grain of morphin sulphate in a two ounce mixture refilled as many times as may be found necessary for medicinal purposes, and not be compelled to obtain a new prescription each time he desires a new supply, one Ashley of Washington, D. C., has filed a petition in the Supreme Court of the District of Columbia to compel the secretary of the treasury and the commissioner of internal revenue to abrogate certain treasury decisions under the Harrison Narcotic Law that run counter to his wishes. The petitioner sets forth that he is a poor man, suffering from a serious and stubborn cough, which has been troubling him for some time, and that he cannot afford to pay for having the prescription rewritten and has had to stop taking the medicine. Strangely there is nothing in the petition to gratify a

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