Minnesota Medical Bill

February 1, 1899, Senator Jepson introduced the Medical Bill, Senate File No. 171. It provided, among other things, that any person who shall profess, under any system of healing, to heal or treat any ailment of another, for compensation, gain, or reward, received or expected, without having first passed a certain medical examination and been duly licensed (by the Board of whom more than one-half were doctors), shall be fined one hundred dollars or imprisoned for thirty days, and each day such person shall so practise shall constitute a separate offence.

The Senate referred this bill to its Judiciary Committee, who fixed an evening for hearing all parties who desired to be heard in reference to it. At the time so fixed the Senate Chamber was filled with a large number of Christian Scientists, ladies and gentlemen, from St. Paul and Minneapolis, and also with the representatives and friends of the Medical Fraternity, a very intelligent and cultured audience.

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