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THE PROPOSED NEW MEDICAL ACT.

TO THE EDITOR.

Sill,—Mr J. Neil need have no fear that the proposed new Medical Act will prevent him from prescribing for his sick friends nor from supplying them with medicine so long as he does not charge a fee. If he_ be a duly qualified chemist it will not prohibit him from what is known us " counter prescribing." The object of the proposed Act is not to protect the medical profession, but to protect the public against ignorant and unscrupulous charlataus and practitioners of the "golden chariot" type, who make the colonies their happy hunting ground.— I am, etc., Omega. Dunedin, June 20. TEMPERANCE AT THE PORT. TO THE EDITOB. Hut, —I have read the letter of "Veritas Vincit" in your issue of this evening, and for two roasons I ask you to give me space enough to reply. First, I wish to thank your correspondent for the gentlemanly courtesy and moderation of tone which pervade his letter; in fact, so unusually temperate and so free from abuse is it that but for the sentiments contained in it I should doubt its being written by a temperance .man. Secondlv, 1 think it advisable to tako notice of tiic inference that the diminished drunkenness is due to the suppression of bottle licenses, and in controversion of this theory, to state tho fact that drunkenness—i.e. , convictions for drunkenness—has been decreasing in Port Chalmers for the last five or six years, during which time licensing committees of both varieties have occupied the Bench, and bottle licenses have been suppressed during the last year only. Sir, I have been a Magistrate and a Licensing Commissioner for many years, and the result of my experience is this: that no matter what committee may be in power the convictions for drunkenness are in a direct ratio to the prosperity of the community. Trade generally in Port Chalmers for some years past has been very dull, consequently we have become much more sober. Now that things arc said to be on the mend, it is quite possible that next year there may be an increase in the number of " drunks." If my theory be correct, I say sincerely, let us hope so.—l am, etc., John Drvsdale, Port Chalmers, June 20.

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THE PROPOSED NEW MEDICAL ACT., Issue 7940, 22 June 1889, Supplement

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THE PROPOSED NEW MEDICAL ACT. Issue 7940, 22 June 1889, Supplement

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