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July 26, 2000

JAMA 100 Years Ago and Osteopathy

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Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Contributing EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 2000;284(4):442. doi:10.1001/jama.284.4.436

To the Editor: After reading a recent JAMA 100 Years Ago article,1 I feel compelled to offer a comment. While I understand the apparent intent to publish an archival article near its 100th anniversary, I question the wisdom of reprinting this specific article, which mentions Andrew Taylor Still, MD, the founder of osteopathic medicine. The statements contained therein are derogatory, were untrue at the time they were originally made, and remain untrue today. Dr Still never stated that " . . . all the physical ills of the human race were caused by misplaced ligaments and dislocated bones. . . ." However, a discussion of Still's principles is not the issue here.