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Rolla, Mo., Sept. 1, 1898.
To the Editor:
—Ever since the 4th of March, 1897, when Governor Lon V. Stephens put his fist to the bill entitled "An act to regulate the practice of the science of healing diseases and injuries without the use of drugs, known as osteopathy," and sent the congratulations by wire, of himself and wife, to the father of the imposition, praising him for "the wonderful advancement he had made in medical science," Missouri has had to confess with shame, that she is the mother of one of the grossest frauds that has ever been imposed upon the sickly and weak-minded people. This bastard to science has been advertised in the daily and weekly newspapers, and the laity has read only one side, until rational physicians are looked upon as "jealous cranks who oppose scientific progress."I was a member of the 38th General Assembly of
Short JL. How to Suppress Quackery.. JAMA. 1898;XXXI(11):614–615. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.02450110056010