National Prohibition Act Prescription Form For Medicinal Liquor

Description
While the production, transport, and sale of liquor was illegal during Prohibition, the National Prohibition Act allowed alcohol for medicinal and religious use. This loophole was often exploited as a way to acquire alcohol, but it required a prescription that cost $3 from the doctor and another $3 or $4 to get it filled from a pharmacist. A doctor could prescribe up to a pint of a certain kind of liquor, or Spiritus frumenti [spirits of grain], the official medical name for whisky. This prescription for a pint of whisky was prescribed on October 21, 1929 and filled the same day.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
prescription form, medicinal whiskey
date made
1929-10-21
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 11.5 cm x 14.2 cm; 4 17/32 in x 5 19/32 in
ID Number
1979.0798.508
catalog number
1979.0798.508
accession number
1979.0798
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
Health & Medicine
American Enterprise
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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