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October 8, 1910

Current Comment

JAMA. 1910;55(15):1291-1293. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.04330150051019

OSTEOPATHS AND VITAL STATISTICS  The Springfield Republican makes this remark in a recent issue: "The New York Supreme Court has denied the osteopaths the right to issue death certificates. They can cure patients; the regular physicians keep the monopoly of burying them." Since the Republican is recognized as one of the most ably edited newspapers of the country it would show a lack of the sense of humor if we failed to regard this as a joke, for the Republican must know why the court made this ruling. We may be excused, however, if we use the joke as a text for a preachment, since it presents the general conception of the reason for the issuance of death certificates. Laws requiring death certificates as a preliminary for the burial or removal of a body were not enacted and are not enforced for the benefit of the medical profession or for