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May 28, 1938


JAMA. 1938;110(22):1838-1839. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790220040014

Senator Burke of Nebraska on Jan. 29, 1937, introduced a bill1 to amend the United States Employees' Compensation Act so as to give osteopaths the same status under that act as is given to qualified physicians. On Feb. 11, 1937, Representative Drew of Philadelphia, himself an osteopath, introduced a bill2 in the House of Representatives identical in its terms with Senator Burke's bill. These bills were referred respectively to the Senate and the House Committees on the Judiciary.

On behalf of the American Medical Association, protests were promptly filed and requests made that the American Medical Association be heard in opposition to such legislation. The situation was discussed editorially in The Journal, Feb. 20, 1937. Letters were written to secretaries of all state medical associations of states represented on the two congressional committees before which the bills were pending, suggesting that protests be filed with the two committees.