May 9, 1903


JAMA. 1903;XL(19):1295. doi:10.1001/jama.1903.02490190025008

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Sometime since, as the readers of The Journal are aware, a charter was refused to the Eddyite organization in Philadelphia by a Pennsylvania judge on the ground that it was a corporation for profit and against public policy. The case has been carried to the Supreme Court and a decision just received. The findings of the lower court are confirmed. The Supreme Court holds that the state regulates the practice of medicine and requires certain qualifications in its practitioners. While faith and prayer may be of use, common sense as well as public policy demands that other measures be taken in certain cases. The decision fixes the status, or rather the non-status of Eddyism in Pennsylvania; as a healing cult it has no standing whatever, for which fact the citizens of that commonwealth are to be congratulated.

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