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March 1, 1930


JAMA. 1930;94(9):648-649. doi:10.1001/jama.1930.02710350048018

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Protest Against Bill Favoring Quackery  On behalf of the medical profession of Austria, the president of the Austrian aerztekammern, a body that protects the interests of physicians, submitted recently to the ministry for social administration a protest against a bill that is about to come before parliament. The bill is an expression of a movement on foot to place the administration of justice in Austria and Germany on a common basis in many respects. The question involved is whether interventions and the writing of prescriptions shall remain the prerogative of scientifically trained physicians or whether ignorant and half-trained persons shall be permitted to menace the public health. For more than seventy years, the law has protected the public against thousands of charlatans and quacks, whereas the population of Germany has been unprotected. Austrian physicians have no fear that it is the intention to remove all restrictions from the practice of

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