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May 28, 1904


JAMA. 1904;XLII(22):1423-1424. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.02490670027008

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In our medicolegal department we have already noticed the decision of the Missouri Supreme Court against Weltmer and others for malpractice. It would appear from this that the court disregarded the plea of the healers that they were not physicians and that they were not treating patients under the ordinary rules. The court also ruled out their objection that the testimony of ordinary physicians was not competent in their case. The decision was a sensible one, and all the more satisfactory since it dealt with a Missouri institution. It settled the question in that state as to the liability of self-styled magnetic healers in the care of disease. The state motto of Missouri is "Salus populi suprema lex esto," which a humorist liberally translated "the law shall not stand in the way of the safety of our people." The Missouri Supreme Court, on the other hand, takes the more rational

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