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September 23, 1893


JAMA. 1893;XXI(13):465. doi:10.1001/jama.1893.02420650031007

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The daily press are just now engaged in a crusade against our colleague, Mr. Ernest Hart, for his outspoken speeches against telepathy, theosophy, hypnotism, Keeleyism and homeopathy. It seems that whenever there is opportunity,the press generally take the side opposed to the professional view. This fact can not well be controverted. But it is scarcely fair to the press to accuse them, as Mr. Hart has, of having a moneyed interest in charlatanry. The truth is that the real fault lies with the medical profession itself. The average State medical society scarcely contains ten per centum of the profession within the State. The average legislator therefore hastily concludes that the medical society is the profession—that there are none outside except the irregulars, and he very naturally infers that the irregulars constitute a large proportion of the medical practitioners. He thereupon passes laws giving representation on State boards of health and

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