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May 25, 1907


JAMA. 1907;XLVIII(21):1779-1780. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.02520470047007

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A New York coroner's jury calls the attention of the health department, the district attorney and the county medical society to the practice of certain physicians who furnish death certificates for persons dying under Eddyite treatment. The jury declares that this aids in the evasion of the state laws, and it requests that steps be taken to put a stop to this practice. The recommendation is an excellent one. More practical aid and comfort are given to Eddyites and other irregulars by the medical profession than is to the advantage of the public. The importunities of bereaved friends, and the desire to save them from the annoyance and semi-scandal of a public inquest as an additional affliction, are enough to make many benevolent physicians give a death certificate, although they are well aware that all sorts of quacks and irregulars profit by their soft-heartedness and parade the death records as

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