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October 5, 1901


JAMA. 1901;XXXVII(14):918. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470400042013

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Osteopathy, according to its founders and its advocates, is a system of treatment of disease without drugs, and they have had special laws passed in several states for their benefit embodying this idea. In these it is particularly specified that they are not authorized to administer drugs or to perform surgical operations. It has been urged in objection to these laws that they were only a subterfuge to evade the medical practice laws of the state and that the osteopaths would not confine themselves to the methods they profess to exclusively follow. That this is the case is revealed by the evidence in a recent suit in Denver, Colo., where a female professor of osteopathy sued for services rendered and it came out in the trial that she had not confined herself to osteopathic manipulations, but had prescribed medicines and administered treatment which only licensed physicians are entitled to give.

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