April 27, 1889


JAMA. 1889;XII(17):595-596. doi:10.1001/jama.1889.02400940019004

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The various Bills or propositions brought before the Legislatures of many of the States, intended for regulating the practice of medicine, form a curious variety and strikingly illustrate the vagaries that still possess the popular mind concerning the nature and extent of medical science and art. A large part of these vagaries arise from the erroneous use of the phrase "Schools of Medicine," and the remainder originate from the confusion of ideas about personal rights. In past centuries, before the natural sciences had been developed into well-defined departments of science founded on carefully observed facts, analyzed and classified; before chemistry had enabled its votaries to resolve almost all bodies into their elementary constituents and determine the relations of each to every other; and before the scalpel of the anatomist had separated the various structures of the human body from each other and enabled the physiologist to study the relations and

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