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January 28, 1888


JAMA. 1888;X(4):127. doi:10.1001/jama.1888.02400300031009

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Dear Sir:  —The several editorials that have appeared in The Journal recently, relative to legislative interference in medicine are terse and eminently correct. The question, however, immediately arises: How can it be accomplished?Here in the Peninsular State, where schools are free and education is fairly forced into the masses by law; where we have a university second to none in the World, perhaps; where learning runs rampant and knowledge becomes stale, our legislators are impotent when a bill to protect the people from quackery is presented to them. Canada and the surrounding States have, to a certain extent, forced charlatanism out of their limits by legislative enactment, but we stand here like Bartholdi's Statue of Liberty. We are enlightening the World but there is a horde of vampires that have crawled in from other States, besides many of our own, that we foster, which bask in the sunlight of

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