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December 25, 1937

What is Osteopathy?

JAMA. 1937;109(26):2163. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780520053025

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"Osteopaths are not necromancers, they do not invoke the assistance of the planets to guide their deliberations, they have not invented some elixir of life. They have a theory and a practice, and it is the purpose of this book to examine this theory and practice. It is not our aim to persuade patients not to seek the advice of a practitioner of osteopathy. But if a person wants to be treated by an osteopath he should have some idea of what the osteopath can do for him, as he should have some idea of what the ordinary doctor can do for him. So—What is Osteopathy?"

The answer to this question, based on the proceedings before the Select Committee of the House of Lords appointed to consider the Registration and Regulation of Osteopaths, cannot be read by any one who has ever spent much time at hearings before legislative committees

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