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March 9, 1901


JAMA. 1901;XXXVI(10):672. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470100064008

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The Governor of Washington has vetoed a medical practice act that passed the legislature, because it ruled out the osteopaths. The use of drugs, he claims, is the ruin of the race, and "the osteopaths are perhaps showing us a better way." It is a pity that a man has been elected to such high position, whose mental qualifications are such that he can not see the difference between legitimate medical practice and indiscriminate drugging, and no recourse from the latter but osteopathy or similar forms of quackery. He accuses physicians of "poisoning the springs of life," and calls "the contents of the drugstore perhaps more dangerous to the future well-being of the race than those of the saloon," this last being perhaps a politician's sop to the liquor trade. The spirit, however, of the extracts of the veto message that have been published, is generally that of a sanctimonious

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