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November 11, 1899


JAMA. 1899;XXXIII(20):1234. doi:10.1001/jama.1899.02450720050013

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It seems a wonder that with all the systems of medicine, and all of the methods of treatment exploited, and all of the cures discovered, disease has any reason whatever for existence. Osteopathy appears to be in articulo mortis, but its last gasp is attended with an ominous rattle. From Centreville, Iowa, comes the startling information that a local operator of that fad has made the discovery that about two-thirds of the cases of insanity can be cured by resetting a bone in the patient's neck. One must, however, restrain his exuberance at this announcement, and not be led to hope that insanity will at once be removed from the face of the earth, because it is only reasonable to expect that in at least a small proportion of the cases it may not be possible to effect the osseous readjustment on which cure is said to depend. The limitation

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