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April 12, 1941

THE STATUS OF DRUGLESS HEALERS IN THE UNITED STATES

JAMA. 1941;116(15):1736-1737. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.62820150028024
Abstract

With the world aflame with the spirit of war it may seem of little moment and of minor concern to discuss such a prosaic subject as the status of drugless healers in the United States. Past experience, however, suggests that it is during times when international affairs absorb public interest and thought or in times of national stress when public attention is focused on large specific problems of economics or on general governmental matters that successful efforts are frequently made to break down the legal and other conventional barriers which protect a civilized society from ill conceived and unpractical reforms.

That drugless healers recognize the psychologic advantages of seeking favor in times of general stress or in periods of governmental transition and are alert to put forward energetic efforts to gain ground under such circumstances was well illustrated in Illinois recently. On the death of the governor, the lieutenant governor

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