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November 16, 1901


JAMA. 1901;XXXVII(20):1323. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470460037007

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Osteopathy recently figured in a Toronto inquest, a woman having died suddenly at the office of one of these irregulars. She was being massaged for goiter, as it appears, and the manipulation of her tumor was followed by a hemorrhage into the lung with resulting suffocation and death. The osteopath, according to the reports, declared himself to be a product of the Kirksville school and claimed that it was not necessary for him to know anything about medicine. His case-book was brought into court and in it appeared cases diagnosed as typhoid, diphtheria and numerous other ailments. The jury verdict was a rather peculiar one: It acquitted every one from responsibility for the death, but condemned the treatment as dangerous, and expressed an opinion that strict laws should be enacted "to put an end to this dangerous practice and others of a kindred nature." Of course, until such law is

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