Thursday, June 5, 2014

Throwback Thursday: "Medical alcohol" edition

From the History Channel:

When Prohibition dawned, many doctors continued to prescribe alcohol for anemia, tuberculosis, pneumonia, and high blood pressure, among other disorders.  The new law required them to use special prescription pads issued by the U.S. Treasury Department . . . 

Medical alcohol prescription pad from the 1920's from the History Channel
From the Puget Sound Business Journal

In Seattle, the parallels between modern-day medicinal marijuana and medicinal alcohol of 100 years ago are remarkable. Consider that the number of medical marijuana dispensaries in the city increased to 274 in May 2013, up from 63 in September 2011. During the first three months of 1916, when the only place one could legally buy liquor in Washington was at a pharmacy, 65 new drugstores opened in Seattle, according to a master’s thesis cited by HistoryLink.

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