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April 6, 1901


JAMA. 1901;XXXVI(14):972. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470140042010

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Elsewhere in this issue appears the statement of Mr. Jakob Bolin, representative of the New York Medico-Gymnastic and Massage Society, before the Committee on Public Health of the New York Assembly, having before it the assembly bill No. 759 regulating and legalizing the practice of osteopathy. It was presented, it appears, before the widely noticed plea of Mark Twain, and ought to have somewhat modified its force with the members of the committee when they considered the fact that all his favorable experience had been with honest Swedish massage instead of the Missouri fraud, osteopathy. Mr. Bolin's exposure of some of the common mistakes of these pretenders ought to have prepared the legislators to properly appreciate the value of verbiage made up by the literary bureau of the Still manufactories. Whatever is of value in osteopathy is massage; in spite of their denials the osteopaths are simply masseurs, but using

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