A Medical Prescription not a Private Document
A pharmaceutic chemist, residing in Szombathely, Hungary, has impeached a local estate owner for having forged the name of a physician on a prescription in order to obtain morphine. The chemist had furnished the drug several times, but finally discovered that the signature of the physician was forged. He duly reported the case, and the public prosecutor charged the estate owner with forging a private document. The indicted wrote on the prescription the words: "Repetatur semper Dr. Szatmári." The counsel for the defense tried to prove that a prescription is not a public document, but a simple form of order. The court thereupon dropped the accusation of forging a private document but maintained the charge of an offense against public safety and getting a poison by false pretenses and fined the estate owner 1,000,000 crowns ($15) and costs.
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