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The Suppression of Quackery
In Germany, every one is at liberty to practice medicine. The only restriction is that no one may call himself Arzt, or physician, who has not been accorded that right by the government on the basis of his studies and examinations. Liberty of practice was granted in 1869 at the request of the physicians themselves. Up to that year, Germany prohibited other than authorized physicians from practicing medicine. The reasons for the repeal of the existing law were that legislation against quackery availed nothing, and that the German people, by reason of its education, could be trusted to engage qualified physicians and not quacks. That such confidence was misplaced is shown by the fact that the number of persons making a regular living from quackery has continued to increase. In Prussia, to be sure, irregular practitioners are required to register with the health commissioner, but all
BERLIN. JAMA. 1927;88(19):1499-1500. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02680450043027