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October 22, 1892

AN ALLIANCE OF QUACKS

JAMA. 1892;XIX(17):505. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02420170029006

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Abstract

The bone-setters of France have formed a defensive alliance with the magnetic healers, mediums, masseurs and others of that class, their object being to organize a national league "to protect and advance their professional interests." In a recent manifesto complaint is made that there is a tendency towards an "undue and unauthorized legislative interference" and a claim is made that it is the inalienable right of all men to heal themselves, or get treatment wherever and from whomsoever they may elect. They therefore propose to make themselves felt in the elections; the specious cry of "fair play" will be put into active use early and late, and it will not be surprising to learn that they secure a semblance of legality.

Having been asked to undertake a research at the expense of the Government of his Highness, the Nyzam of Hyderabad, India, with the object, if possible, of reconciling the

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