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Osteopathy in the House of Commons
A raging campaign for registration of osteopaths is being carried out. The case of Dr. Axham, whose name was removed from the Medical Register for administering anesthetics for an unqualified bonesetter, Mr. Barker, has been reported in previous letters. As stated, Barker's subsequent knighthood is considered by the press and public to have vindicated Axham. But the effect extends further. Though bonesetting is quite different from osteopathy, they are associated in the public mind, largely because they are both forms of unqualified practice. The importance of Sir Herbert Barker's name as an asset in the struggle of the osteopaths has evidently been grasped. The American School of Osteopathy (Kirksville) conferred an "honorary degree" on Barker, which, in a long letter to the Times, he says he accepted "with pride and pleasure." He praises Streeter, the American leader of the osteopaths in this country, and
LONDON. JAMA. 1926;86(12):883-884. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02670380073025