Calls it Dangerous Action

The following remarks of Hon. J. A. McLain, representative in the legislature of Missouri, upon the medical bill then pending before that body, are so forceful and eloquent that in the connection in which they were made, they are worthy of the highest place in our American literature. They stamp their author as a man of profoundly conscientious convictions, as well as an orator and rhetorician of a very high order. We are glad indeed to give them place in the Sentinel. They will be perused with deep interest.

"First," he says, "it is the rankest sort of class legislation, and if enacted into a law would be null and void because unconstitutional. All laws must be general in their nature, must affect all persons in the same class alike.

"In this state we have four distinct systems of medicine—the allopaths, who believe in large doses of medicine; homœopaths, who believe in small doses on the doctrine of similia similibus curantur; the eclectics, who strike midway between, and the osteopaths, who do not believe in giving any drugs. By the terms of this bill the legislature is called upon to legally determine that osteopathy is the best of the four systems named—in fact, to say it is the only system whose school is so managed that its graduates need no further examination by the State Board of Health.

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Christian Science and Insanity
March 21, 1901

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