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While the medical practice act that has just passed the Missouri legislature is in the line of progress generally, it is to be regretted that it gives to masseurs, who call themselves osteopaths, a legal right to treat the sick in that state. Osteopathy, however, is a Missouri product, and special influences were doubtless at work in its behalf. One of the legislators, opposing the bill as a whole, in a published statement calls attention to the point that ought to have been manifest to others of his colleagues. He asks: Why are physicians of the recognized schools obliged to be examined and to pay for the privilege, while osteopaths are exempt? The bill, he says, discriminates against all schools of medicine except osteopathy, and therefore is class legislation. It would be a pity if this alleged fact should balk the purpose of the act. as he says it will,
MISSOURI'S NEW PRACTICE ACT.. JAMA. 1901;XXXVI(11):743. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470110045008