I think it is generally regarded that, in actual practice...

State Journal

I think it is generally regarded that, in actual practice to-day under the theory of rule by the majority, state medicine means the control of healing practice by the practitioners of the so-called "regular" or "standard" school. It is, therefore, interesting to note the opinion of these practitioners, as expressed in a resolution adopted at the 1922 annual session of the American Medical Association, namely: "The American Medical Association hereby declares its opposition to all forms of 'state medicine,' because of the ultimate harm that would come thereby to the public weal through such form of medical practice." The resolution then makes certain exceptions for army, navy, or public health service activities, but it includes a ray of light for lovers of medical freedom.

Christian Scientists have long opposed any system of state medicine or compulsory health education according to the theories of any particular system of healing. They feel that state medicine is a departure from the fundamental laws of democratic government. They think these laws have been disregarded, and the rights of minorities overlooked, whenever theories of any particular system of healing have been permitted to stand as the opinion of the state.

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