Christian Scientist Acquitted

Fort Wayne (Ind.) Weekly Sentinel

The charge filed yesterday against I. N. Woods, the Christian Scientist, for practising medicine without a license, was decided by Justice France at eleven o'clock this morning (Thursday, January 17). He found for the defendant, after having had the case under advisement since yesterday noon. This is probably the first time that the question in its present form has been brought before a court of justice in this state, and the grounds upon which an acquittal are based will prove interesting to the public in general. Justice France handed down his decision in writing, the full text of which is as follows:—

In the cause of the state of Indiana against I. N. Woods, for practising medicine without first having procured a license, as provided by the laws of this state, after due consideration, I find as follows:—

Section 8 of an act regulating the practice of medicine, surgery, and obstetrics, approved March 8, 1897, reads as follows: "To open an office for such purpose or to announce to the public in any way a readiness to practise medicine in any county of the state, or to prescribe for, or to give surgical assistance to those suffering from disease, injury, or deformity, shall be to engage in the practice of medicine within the meaning of this act."

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