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February 22, 1902


JAMA. 1902;XXXVIII(8):519. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480080029009

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An Iowa judge has issued a mandamus writ compelling the State Board of Medical Examiners to grant certificates to graduates of an osteopathic school. The grounds for this action, as given, are apparently that osteopathy is excepted by the statute from the laws regulating the practice of medicine, that the Board of Examiners have no right to establish any minimum standard for schools of osteopathy, and that the standing of a school in good repute could not be estimated by the Board from its actual character, but only from the opinion of osteopaths and others in regard to it. It is a little puzzling to see why the statute should give the Board anything whatever to do with licensing osteopaths if the legislature did not really consider that they had something to do with the practice of medicine. The function of the Board is judicial throughout; it is not merely

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