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February 1, 1902


JAMA. 1902;XXXVIII(5):299-300. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.62480050013001d

In state legislatures within the past two years the medical profession has had to defend itself against the ancient presumption that its practice is essentially based upon the administration of drugs, while other so-called systems of healing have claimed exemption from the operation of medical practice laws upon the plea that their followers do not employ medicinal agents. The contention is an odd one in days when therapeutic nihilism has widely invaded the ranks of the profession of medicine, but it has, together with that nihilistic tendency, a common cause.

Drug dosage is not the dominant rule of practice that it once was, howsoever the reputation of that rule clings persistently to the skirts of the profession. But, while medicinal measures have been finding their proper place in the treatment of disease, other and non-medicinal measures have been rising into recognition and awaiting their assignment to a fit place in the

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