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August 2, 1913

Current Comment

JAMA. 1913;61(5):351-352. doi:10.1001/jama.1913.04350050033012

OVERLOOKING THE FIRST ESSENTIAL  New medical practice acts have recently been secured in Arizona and California. Like that secured a year or two ago by Washington, these provide for different forms of certificates for physicians, for osteopaths and for "other systems of healing," and likewise provide a different educational standard for each. While physicians are required to have completed a course of at least four years in a medical school holding the requirement of the Association of American Medical Colleges, an osteopath is not required to have had any fixed amount of preliminary education and needs to have completed only two or three courses in an osteopathic college, while practitioners of "other systems of healing" need only to present a diploma from any school of no specified standards or length of time. This is a distinct discrimination against the physicians and allows illiterate and untrained "doctors" to practice the healing