January 12, 1884


JAMA. 1884;II(2):54-55. doi:10.1001/jama.1884.02390270026010

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This law is now in full force. Since the days of Solon down to the present time, it would be difficult to discover another piece of legislation equal to it in stupidity and uselessness. It would not be unreasonable to suppose, that the framer of this law had just emerged from the midnight of the Dark Ages in the form of a medical Rip Van Winkle, and through the thin mist of his recently acquired vision, saw the apparent dangerous condition of his professional brethren, as well as his constituents; then, after due deliberation, resolved to redeem the State from quackery, and thereby become a public benefactor in his day. But the reverse is the case.

The miserable charlatan, ignorant of anatomy and physiology; ignorant of every scientific fact in relation to the human system; destitute of every professional qualification, is a legal practitioner of medicine.

Men who cannot read

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