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JAMA 100 Years Ago
July 21, 2004


Author Affiliations

JAMA 100 Years Ago Section Editor: Jennifer Reiling, Assistant Editor.

JAMA. 2004;292(3):390. doi:10.1001/jama.292.3.390-b

The practice of medicine is variously defined, but the most limited application of the term is made by those who wish to practice medicine without complying with the reasonable requirements of law. The profession is always glad to see judges look at the matter in a broad way, as Judge Davis of the Court of Quarter Sessions of Philadelphia has done. His charge to the jury in the case of one Thomas E. Eldridge contains a clear and concise statement that is worth quoting:

First.—The practice of medicine consists in the offering of service and assuming the responsibilities of treating diseases, deformities and injuries, no matter by what means this is professed to be done.