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August 9, 1902

WHAT IS THE PRACTICE OF MEDICINE?

JAMA. 1902;XXXIX(6):317-318. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480320029003

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Abstract

In a recent issue of The Journal we published the full text of the late decision of the Alabama Supreme Court in regard to the status of osteopaths as practitioners of medicine. It is a valuable legal precedent, and we are pleased to note another somewhat similar decision of the Supreme Court of Illinois in the case of The People of the State of Illinois vs. Joseph P. Gordon. The appeal was carried up from Winnebago county, where the defendant, a magnetic healer, had won both in the Circuit and the Appellate courts, when prosecuted for the illegal practice of medicine, his ground of defense being that he did not use medicine or surgery. In his own testimony he admitted that he used manipulations to relieve the "contracted condition of the nerves," and the court very rationally held that this did not come

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