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March 24, 1888

Diploma Extraordinary.

JAMA. 1888;X(12):365. doi:10.1001/jama.1888.02400380017006

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Abstract

—At Albany, N. Y., a man calling himself Dr. Richard M. Dayton, was arrested on the 19th inst. on a charge of malpractice in causing the death of Mary Willett. He claimed to be a graduate of the "American Health College, Cincinnati," for teaching and practicing the "vitapathic" system, including cures for all diseases of the body and soul. The diploma sets forth that Dayton has been fully instructed and is amply qualified. It authorizes him to legally practice the system anywhere in the treatment of all physical and mental diseases and to lawfully receive compensation therefor, and "in virtue of our religious organization and second incorporation, we also constitute and ordain him minister of the gospel of life and authorize him to preach and to solemnize marriage according to law, to attend funerals, and to lawfully perform all ministerial offices; and by these presents we do fully constitute him

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