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November 15, 1902


JAMA. 1902;XXXIX(20):1260. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480460038008

A Supreme Court judge in North Carolina1 has decided that the practice of medicine and surgery in all its branches, as implied in the North Carolina medical practice law, consists solely in giving or prescribing drugs and performing surgical operations and that an osteopath and magnetic healer can not be considered as a medical practitioner under the law. It "can not be conceived," says this legal light, that the legislature would require one who eschews the use of drugs and surgery to pass an examination in anatomy, physiology, pathology, etc., which would be "useless knowledge to exact of an osteopath." This is in effect an intimation that any future legislation defining the practice of medicine so as to bring osteopaths, magnetic healers, etc., under the law is impossible in the opinion of the Supreme Court; a sort of anticipatory judicial decision crippling the power of the legislative branch of