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January 23, 1932


JAMA. 1932;98(4):321-322. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02730300051016

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The arbitrary and unreasonable limitations on the medicinal use of alcohol and alcoholic liquor, now imposed by the National Prohibition Act and supplementary legislation, will be removed if the bill (S. 3090) recently introduced by Senator Copeland at the request of the American Medical Association is enacted. Its enactment will make effective, too, the unanimous recommendation of the Wickersham Commission that the limitations of which the medical profession complained be removed. The bill, prepared by the Bureau of Legal Medicine and Legislation under instructions from the House of Delegates, was introduced by Senator Copeland, January 18. It proposes that the present specific quantitative limitations be removed and that the law provide only that a prescription be not given for more liquor than is necessary to supply the patient's medicinal needs. To discourage persons from attempting to obtain medicinal liquor through subterfuge, with a view to converting it to beverage uses,