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May 1, 1897


JAMA. 1897;XXVIII(18):849. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440180035005

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The progress of so-called medical legislation in the year 1897 has not been pleasant in many particulars. The Department of Health Bill in Congress has not been reported. Medical bills in New Hampshire have not been acted on. In Missouri we believe the osteopathy bill was slaughtered, but in Illinois the same bill, one of the most objectionable that could be offered, has passed its second reading, and there is great danger of its ultimately becoming a law. This curious measure is entitled "A Bill for an Act declaring the treatment of diseases of the human body by the system, method or science commonly known as osteopathy, and as taught and practiced by the American School of Osteopathy of Kirksville, Mo., not to be the practice of medicine within the meaning of section ten (10) of an act entitled ' An act to regulate the practice of medicine in the State

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