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November 1, 1902


JAMA. 1902;XXXIX(18):1119-1120. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480440039009

In a small book,1 read widely enough to demand several recent editions, which is devoted to the expounding of a thorough-going scientific rationalism, we find in a chapter headed "The Victory of Medical Science," a short criticism of medical organization. It seems particularly worthy of notice because we have heard almost the same words uttered by one or two very successful men in the regular profession. The author thinks that the greatest danger which confronts medical science at the beginning of the twentieth century comes from its being "infected with the monopolistic spirit of the times," and thus attempting to form a medical trust and to secure the protection of its interests by the state. The desire for laws against unlicensed practitioners seems violent, intolerant and thoroughly medieval to this author. He says: "In the long run, medical science has nothing to fear from the unlicensed practitioner. The fittest