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December 2, 1893


JAMA. 1893;XXI(23):860-861. doi:10.1001/jama.1893.02420750030007

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A new and unusually interesting question has just been raised in England, of almost as much importance here as there, namely, whether a proprietary medicine containing a poison in very small quantity is a poison within the meaning of a statute which makes it unlawful "for any person to sell or keep open shop for retailing poisons... unless such person shall be a pharmaceutical chemist or a chemist and druggist," as there termed. The County Court Judge, who first heard the case, which was an action brought to recover the statutory penalties, gave judgment for the defendant, and the Queen's Bench Court Division of the Supreme Court of Judicature, to which appeal was taken, has decided (under date of Oct. 31, 1893) the same way, dismissing the appeal. In a case decided a little before this one, it was held that a compound containing one or more of the scheduled

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