Medicinal Alcohol and the AMA

In 1917, the doctors of the American Medical Association unanimously voted to remove alcohol from the approved medicine list, ruling that it had no medical value. But when Prohibition loomed on the horizon, the doctors saw the error of their ways. They now realized that alcohol was indeed a very important medicine, one that they should be allowed to prescribe. It was crucial in treating people with all sorts of illnesses, including old age. The doctors lobbied for–and received–permission in 1922 to prescribe medicinal alcohol to their deserving patients. Drug stores sprang up on every corner (almost as many as speakeasies) to fill these prescriptions. Here is an example of one, dated 1929, written by a doctor in Pennsylvania.
Medical Liquor Prescription

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