[The Toronto Globe, in its Dec. 7 issue, says editorially,...

The Toronto (Ont.) Globe

[The Toronto Globe, in its Dec. 7 issue, says editorially, "The Court of Appeal by a non-committal verdict has properly refused to decide whether or not osteopaths and similar practitioners have a right to charge for their services. It is the duty of the Government to decide this matter, and if the law is uncertian it should be made clear and definite." The text of the question referred to the Court of Appeal, the answer of the Court, and the judgment of Chief Justice Moss, follows.]

"Re Ontario Medical Act.—Judgment (L.) upon a question referred to the Court of Appeal as to the construction of sec. 49 of the Ontario Medical Act. Ought it to be held upon the true interpretation of sec. 49 of R.S.O., 1897, ch. 176, that a person not registered under that Act, undertaking or attempting for reward to cure or alleviate disease, does not practise medicine within the meaning of that section, merely because the remedy advised, prescribed, or administered by him does not involve the use of or application of any drug or other substance which has or is supposed to have the property of curing or alleviating disease; that is to say, do the words 'to practise medicine' in that section mean to attempt to cure or alleviate disease by the use of drugs, etc., or do they include cases in which the remedy or treatment advised, prescribed, or administered does not involve the use of drugs or other substances which have or are supposed to have the property of curing or alleviating disease. The answer of the Court is, that each case must depend or be determined on its own circumstances; but, dependent upon the facts in each case, there may be a practising of medicine which does not involve the use of drugs or other substances having or supposed to have the property of curing or alleviating disease.

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