Another Point of View

ACCORDING to the report of the recent annual meeting of the Louisiana State Medical Society, considerable time was devoted to plans for securing restrictive legislation designed to place the healing of the sick under the exclusive control of the medical profession. The discussion of the subject was from a purely partisan standpoint, and this was to be expected; but it seems inconceivable that any one should have the hardihood to publicly advocate a descent to the low plane of "practical politics," in order to secure legislation upon this or any other subject.

The following is the New Orleans Picayune's report of the remarks of one of the members of the Society:—

"Dr. J. M. Barrier thought the thing to do would be to bring this down to an issue and make it a practical question, so the average politician can get hold of it. Say to the legislator, while at home: "We want certain things; you want certain things; if not right now, later. Give us what we want; you can have what you want.' Tell him that if he don't do it, that we'll do him a plenty the next time he runs for the Legislature. That is the way to handle them. You will find them very amenable to treatment."

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The Ideal Ministry
June 24, 1905

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