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March 20, 1915


JAMA. 1915;LXIV(12):1017. doi:10.1001/jama.1915.02570380065030

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To the Editor:  —A patient sent his 12-year-old son for medicine. He had spasmodic colic, to which he is subject three or four times each year. I was sick and unable to go. Could I have sent him say one-fourth grain dose of morphin, which would have been necessary to relieve him, if I kept a record of the same on my book?Am I to understand that the Harrison law allows me to give say eight doses of one-fourth grain of morphin to patients who call at my office when sick, to take home with them if they need it, and I keep a record of the same?Please be explicit, as different stories are in vogue here. Is there any state law in Ohio which would conflict with your advice as to our duty under the Harrison law? We were always taught that medicine was a liberal profession

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