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July 29, 1939

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JAMA. 1939;113(5):418. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800300048016

WHAT IS OSTEOPATHY?  In the State Board issue of The Journal the question What is Osteopathy? was asked.1 One answer is found on page 447 of this issue. Osteopathy is a system of therapy without benefit of operative surgery or the use of drugs as remedial aids. In Kansas the osteopaths procured the enactment in 1913 of legislation that authorized adherents of the cult to practice osteopathy as taught and practiced in legally incorporated colleges of osteopathy of good repute. Proponents of the legislation evidently thought that they had thus found an easy way to obtain the unlimited right to practice medicine without qualifying themselves as legitimate practitioners of medicine must do. All that was necessary, they apparently thought, was for osteopathic schools to add a bit of materia medica and operative surgery to their courses and thenceforth osteopaths would be entitled to practice medicine and surgery. Quite a