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February 1, 1902


JAMA. 1902;XXXVIII(5):329. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480050043010

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The "osteopathy" bill before the New York Legislature is a fine sample of special legislation. It proposes to give to these masseurs all the rights and functions of medical practitioners to treat all kinds of diseases, sign death certificates, etc., without any state examination whatever. All that it requires is that they shall be members of the Osteopathic Society and payment of a fee of ten dollars. It is some comfort to know that the medical profession in the state is alive to the situation and is not slumbering over it. It is also satisfactory and encouraging to know that the lay press duly appreciates the conditions. The great New York dailies, the Tribune, the Sun, and the Times, speak in no doubtful tones and show that the intelligent among the laity are with us. The New York Times suggests the reductio ad absurdum by the proposition that some sensible

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