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April 29, 1939

WHAT IS OSTEOPATHY?

JAMA. 1939;112(17):1728-1729. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800170074017

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Abstract

Is it medicine or is it not? Do schools of osteopathy teach medicine or do they not? Last year 144 applicants whose training had been received in osteopathic schools were licensed by the boards of medical examiners in ten states to practice medicine, surgery or both; 101 were licensed after examination and forty-three without examination. The numbers licensed in each of these ten states are shown in chart 2, on page 1714.

In a number of states bills have been introduced which, if passed, would give to graduates of osteopathic schools the same privileges and responsibilities that are given to graduates of approved medical schools. Is such legislation compatible with public safety or in the interest of public welfare? Proponents of these measures claim that medicine is taught as completely and as thoroughly in schools of osteopathy as in schools of medicine.

Osteopathic schools have consistently refused to permit an

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