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August 31, 1940

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JAMA. 1940;115(9):787. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810350131018

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LIFE AND OSTEOPATHY  In Life, which is a picture magazine, for August 19 appears an article entitled "Osteopathy's 'Cure-By-Manipulation' Is Attacked by Regular Physicians." Here a small amount of text is supplemented by a number of photographs, evidently made in or supplied through the osteopathic shrine at Kirksville, Mo., known as the Kirksville College of Osteopathy and Surgery. In the very brief text which accompanies the pictures appear a number of misstatements of fact which, it is not too confidently expected, the magazine may correct. Many of these misrepresentations have been repeatedly exposed in The Journal. In the second paragraph of the article, for example, appears this statement:In 33 States qualified doctors of osteopathy are permitted to practice on equal or almost equal footing with doctors of medicine. Osteopaths can and do deliver babies, perform surgery, prescribe drugs and take full charge of patients.The facts are that in

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