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September 27, 1924


JAMA. 1924;83(13):1020-1021. doi:10.1001/jama.1924.02660130060032

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To the Editor:  —Numerous citizens have taken on themselves the care of the health of the individual and the family, and have appropriated the title of "doctor." Types of "doctors" have multiplied beyond the telling. Self-styled "doctors" of chiropody; "doctors" of chiropractic; "doctors" of health; even "doctors" of laboratory health, not to speak of the "doctors" of the seventy cults recently listed by one health board. As long as such "doctors" do not actually use the knife or prescribe through ordinary druggists, they are safe. Let diphtheria rage through the community; let the enlarged breast be rich in cancer and not in fat; let the malalinement of the vertebrae be tuberculosis, what matter? The drugless healers must go on!At whose threshold should all this be laid? Recently in our state, an attempt was made to register physicians annually (at a fee, of course) and then to have the machinery

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