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The public is frequently warned that the attempt of the osteopath to secure the permission to manipulate under certain restrictions is but a stepping stone to securing the right to practice in every way that the regular practitioner does, but without first securing the qualifications that the state has demanded. In Iowa the failure of the State Board of Health to confirm the appointment of an osteopath as local health officer has aroused the fears of these semi-doctors that their death certificates will not be accepted, and this means, according to the one who sounded the alarm, the practical abolition of the practice of osteopathy in the state. If they can not sign death certificates their patients must all get well or else they will have to turn them over to regular physicians when they become moribund, as is the practice of Eddyites and other irregulars. This is unsatisfactory, because
THE OSTEOPATH'S GOAL.. JAMA. 1905;XLIV(24):1936. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.02500510044012