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March 2, 1907


JAMA. 1907;XLVIII(9):803. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.02520350061014

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As will be seen in the Medicolegal Department in this issue, the New York County Medical Society, after years of waiting and endeavor, has succeeded in obtaining from the Appellate division of the Supreme Court a legal definition of the term "practice of medicine," which should afford it the most valuable aid in the campaign which it has so long been carrying on against quackery. Hitherto the question has not been fairly raised before the higher court, but the decision finally obtained seems to cover the ground and takes from the illegal practitioners what they have heretofore depended on for their chief support. It remains to be seen how far it will affect the Eddyites, who deny the existence of disease and yet take exorbitant compensation for modifying its course by their alleged influence with the higher powers. The point made by the court as regards diagnosis is a forcible

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