FEDERAL MEDICAL LEGISLATION
Military Commissions for Osteopaths
Senator Smith (R., Maine), in S. 248, and Congressman Short (R., Mo.), in H. R. 483, would authorize the appointment of doctors of osteopathy as officers in the Medical Corps of the Army and the Navy. Such osteopaths "must be a graduate of a college of osteopathy whose graduates are eligible for licensure to practice medicine or surgery in a majority of the States, and be licensed to practice medicine, surgery, or osteopathy in one of the States or Territories of the United States or in the District of Columbia." The present Defense Department policy is that osteopaths may not be commissioned because of provisions in the 1947 Military Officers Procurement Act. These bills were referred to the respective armed services committees.
Senators Payne (R., Maine), Barrett (R., Wyo.), Beall (R., Md.), Bible (D., Nev.), Bricker (R., Ohio), Bridges (R.,
ORGANIZATION SECTION. JAMA. 1955;157(10):826. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02950270044013
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