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July 28, 1900


JAMA. 1900;XXXV(4):236. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460300038009

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The bone-setters, magnetizers and the like that infest American civilization are making trouble also elsewhere. It is said that there is in France a regular school of magnetizer-masseurs that sends out its diplomated graduates to prey upon the public. This would not be a startling idea here, but one has had the notion heretofore that they manage these things better in France and that quackery had not so free a hand there. It is said, moreover, that the courts, with the same tendency of the legal mind that makes some of our jurists propagandists of Eddyism and lobbyists for osteopathy, show a tendency to recognize these frauds as legitimate medical practitioners. We have troubles of our own, but they make us none the less sympathetic with our French confrères.

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