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March 8, 1884

To the Editor of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

JAMA. 1884;II(10):273. doi:10.1001/jama.1884.02390350021012

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Sir:  —Your correspondent, "Vindex," makes use of an argument much in favor among the advocates of the "New Code," when he refers to State statutes as defining "the meaning of the phrase—a regular doctor," and, therefore, by implication, compelling professional recognition of all sorts of "registered" practitioners. So persistently has this one string been harped upon, that some timorous minds seem to go in dread of undefined legal penalties for a refusal to consult with any casual ignoramus who may be certificated by a county clerk. And, as a matter of course, the controversy, as brought to the gaze of the general public, is made to serve as a platform, whereon to pose the martyred attidude of homœopathy.In fact, the New York act has no more to do with consultations than with the parallax of arcturus. It merely prescribes that every person undertaking to obtain fees from patients must

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