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February 2, 1901


JAMA. 1901;XXXVI(5):329. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470050033008

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It behooves the members of the medical profession, in the various states in which a legislature is in session, to keep in close touch with what is going on in regard to the regulation of the practice of medicine. In nearly every state more or less vicious medical legislation is being attempted. In Illinois an amendment to the medical practice act is proposed, in which these words occur: "Nothing in this act shall be construed to apply.... to any person who ministers to or treats the sick or suffering by massage, or by mental or spiritual means, without the use of any drug or material remedy." The object of this amendment can be readily seen. In those states where there is no committee officially appointed to represent the profession, such legislation as the above will be easily managed and the profession wake up, when it is too late, to realize

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