March 17, 1928


JAMA. 1928;90(11):853-854. doi:10.1001/jama.1928.02690380037016

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Osteopathic surgeon generals of the army, navy and public health service are a possibility if a bill (S. 3592) introduced in Congress by Senator Copeland, March 10, becomes a law. The bill provides that "the degrees doctor of medicine and doctor of osteopathy shall be accorded the same rights and privileges under governmental regulations." There is no indication that this mandate is to be limited in its operation to the government of the District of Columbia, although the rest of the bill is so limited. If the bill is enacted, it may be, and no doubt will be, construed to put osteopaths on the same basis as doctors of medicine throughout the entire federal government service.

Both Senator Copeland's present bill and the earlier bill introduced by him at the instance of the Medical Society of the District of Columbia (S. 3107) are fundamentally unsound. They undertake to authorize and

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