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December 4, 1948

Current Comment

JAMA. 1948;138(14):1044. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02900140036012

OSTEOPATHS LOSE KANSAS CASE  The three judge federal court convened at the request of four Kansas osteopaths in a unanimous decision Nov. 16, 1948, upheld the constitutionality of the Kansas osteopathic act. In doing so, the court gave full recognition to the right of the state to confine osteopaths to manipulative therapy and to deny to them the right to "use or administer medicinal therapeutics or operative surgery with instruments." The court pointed out that prior to and since the enactment of the osteopathic act in 1913 "the science of osteopathy has been and is now based upon the concept that the curative powers for bodily disease infirmity or disability, are within the body itself, and if the structural integrity of the body is maintained, the natural cures will combat the disability; that the art and science of osteopathy lies in detecting and correcting structural derangements in the body by

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