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THE NEBRASKA INDEPENDENT
JULY . X80S.
THE MEDICAL TRUST
jSv. Mr. KuukIman DUco th He
bruk taw Creating Mtlel
Editor Independent: Much has been
said and written of late about labor
unions and their unjust and un-American
methods. It has been loudly pro
claimed that every employer should
be- permitted to - engage whomsoever
he pleases, and men and .women should
be protected in their right to work,
without being required to wear a un
ion badge. Our purpose is not to dis
cuss this phase of the question further
than necessary to call attention. o one
of the most , unjust and far-reaching
trusts which curses this and other
states the medical trust.
It ; wields a czar-like power, over
thR state and. to say the least, , is
equally as merciless and tyrannical as
labor unions can possibly be. It de
nies; to men and women the right to
engage in' the practice of .medicine
wit h'o it first procuring a diploma from
n Irecoenized medical college, without
a riy preference to-their qualifications.
This, trust declares such a diploma to
be a" sine qua non, and its abscriceis-a
positive proof of the lack of"' neces
sary fitness to practice the healing art:
This,' however, is a most,; unwar
ranted assumption. As the history' of
medicine clearly proves. In support
of this contention let us qubfefrorh
eminent physicians. Dr. A. O'Leary,
Jefferson Medical College. .Philadel
phia, says: "The best things -in-;the
healing art have been done by those
vho never had a diploma the first
Caesarean section, lithotomy' the use
of chincona, of ether as an. arjeslhetie,
t he treatment c f the air . passages by
inhalation,, the water eyre and ;medi
cated baths, electricity as a healing
zgmt" ' . ". ":v':y.. " '
Dr. dam Smith says: ' "Arter 'de
nouncing Paracelsus as a quack,the
regular. medical profession' t6le, his
quicksilver mercury;' aftef talittg" Jen
nee.';' ari"' impostor, it adopted his dis
cpvery of vaccination; after dubbing
Harvey 'a humbug, it was -forced to
swallow his theory of the circulation
ot the blood. .. It has been truthfully
said of the so-called . leaders in , the
medical profession that they are stil!
ready with their sneer and cry. of
quack, charlatan, humbug. - - They,.- are
still ready to persecute, when they
dare. If the man suggesting an im
provement be one of their own num
bers, they ostracize him; if h?,, be a
layman, they try to have him ar
rested." Trofessor Waterhouse says: "I am
indeed disgusted with learned quack
ery, that I take some interest in hon
est, humane and strong-minded em
pyricism; for it has done more for our
art, in all ages and countries, than all
our ; universities since the time of
' In view of the above authoritative
testimony we contend that it is possi
ble for a person to be a successful
physician without having a medical
diploma. For the state board to re
fuse an individual a certificate to
practice -.medicine solely because he
acquired his knowledge outside of a
lecognized medical college, is a dis
regard of personal rights. It is the
tame spirit which so many condemn
in the labor unions. V
" All freely admit that only those
should be" permitted to practice medi
cine! who are. competent; but the state
l-oajrd rules that learning acquired
"ovicide of some of their recognized
colleges is not to be recognized. A
man may have a thorough college
training; may have devoted -years -to
the r study and practice of medicine;
may have proven himself thoroughly
compettu by actual practice; but 'the
board says he shall not be permitted
to practice; neither will we admit
him to an examination, unless he can
present a diploma.
:We understand the board is . acting
under a state law. but that does not
change the injustice. An injustice is
rone the lesa such because committed
wider the authority of the state. This
law is claim ' to re for the protection
Qf , the people, who would otherwise
be imposed upon by quacks and char
Ihtnns. The truth, however, is -the
people have in no single Instance asked
the state to enact this law. The re
rmest has come from a certain class
of doctors who were more solicitous
frt -thotr f7wn nroteetlon from comne
tltiQn than by their solicitude for the
- Governor Thomas, in vetoing a med
W.hiii nassed by the Colorado legis
l&ture and which was similar to our
Nebraska v law, says: '!The funda
mental vice of the blllTs that it denies
absolutely to the individual the ngnt
to-secure his own physician. This is
af right of conscience, as that; which
enables the citizen to worship uoa
as, he may desire. If is indeed the
same right manifesting itself in a
parallel direction. It is a part of the
law of the land, and no civil power is
strong enough to deprive the citizen
cf. its exercise. - Ha may indeed select
a healer of doubtful reputation or con
ceded incompetency, but that is his
affair, just as much as his choice of
minister or attorney. His action may
prove injurious, possibly fatal to him
self or some member of his family.
It is better so than to delegate to any
tribunal the po -er to say, Thdu shalt
not employ this man, 'Thou shalt not
employ that man.' That this bill pro
duces such results indirectly makes it
the more objectionable. Jt is not the
outspoken and agesslve assault up
on indlvilual liberty that men should
fear. b'it the Indirect and resultant
blow that is masked and falls unex
pectedly, "i l ."" s-'-'V- "..
"This bill, like all kindred forms of
paternalism, assumes that the itizen
cannot take care of himself. The state
mpt lead him as a little child lest he
fall into trouble unawares. He must
be guided and chided. limited here and
licensed there, for his own protection.
Such a svstem. born of the union of
the 'church and state, crumbled into
ashes in the crucible of experience. It
cannot flourish though drg"i?ed in
the torments of alleged necessity. The
privilege of chosing ore's own phvsi
cian.ls a positive essential to the pub
lic health. Confidence of the patient
In .the healer does more to restore him
than' all the drugs that ever me.licl"ed
man.'" Give the sick, phvsiclar-s of the
greatest ability; without that tmt
which IinVs one to the other. their
acta are apt to fail. Give the ?ick
phvsiefans of mean -capacity; if th;
bend of svmpathy exist between them,
Its ' , influence witl . 'find expression
through the remed'es suggested. Yet
lhfs bill assumes to thrust the coarse
machinerv of the criminal law into
jone of -. the most sacred relations of
human life'; to drag the chosen phy
sician, if. unlicensed, from the sick
room to the prison cell and to subtir
.tute. for him one who, however ..ex
sited " and honorabler'-may not com
mand the confidence' or secure the
sympathy of the patient."
Every word of which Is true, and
applies to "the law found upon our
statute book in Nebraska. In the
highest and truest sense the success
ful physician is self-made, whether
he has gained his knowledge In a
medical college, a physician's office,
or at his own home.
The practice of medicine is an art.
not a science. Science is truth? truth
is the same yesterday, today and for
ever. Medicine is constantly chang
ing. A""remedy lauded today is set
aside tomorrow and methods of treat
ing disease are as unstable and chang
able as the sands on the sea shore.
The practice of medicine is largely ex
perimental. The same drug will re
lieve one patient in a given case, while
under apparently the same conditions
in-another, It will utterly fail. Scien
tific medicine, as popularly applied, is
a misnomer. Experience gained ai
the sick bed is the only teacher which
can make the successful physician.
There are no fixed uncnangeaDie
methods of treatment, applicable in all
cases, even though the disease may be
the same... Each case must oe treated
according to the conditions and symp
toms of the particular patient.
With what consistency can the state
punish labor: unions, even wnen jtney
go to the .extreme and use force to
prevent , non-union men and women
from working, when it incarcerates
in nrison or imposes a heavy fine up
on worthy and competent people who
exercise their God-given ngnt to earn
an honorable livelihood by tne prac
tice of medicine?' "
The state law protects those who
tave a- diploma, by issuing' them a
certificate;, but refuses a- certificate
and imprisons others who attempt to
practice--wIthout . , any reference to
their; qualifications! ' If this ; is not
class - legislation; ' pure and simple,
what is it? The-law simply says a
medical trust has been formed which
shall regulate the practice of medicine
in Nebraska, and . the legislature has
furnished the appliances whereby this
trust shall become effectual,
v The medical profession Is a noble
one. It has done much to cure ail
ments, to alleviate suffering and to
prolong life. Its ranks are filled with
men of lofty ambitions and spotless
character, who have given and are
giving their lives to the development
of its mission and are uplifting.hu-.
manitv through, its ministrations.
These, however, are not the' physi
cians .who have petitioned our legisla
ture. to : enact the , . law which has
forrned the profession of medicine in
to a. medical trust i With such laws
thev have no. sympathy. tms meai
cal trust, like, all others, is not for.the
benefit of the masses, but for the help
of a class or physicians wno are un
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of November A. i.;1901. oCharlcsiHammond
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ter county, Nebraska, the lands as described 1k
low, all situated in Lancaster County,- Nebraska,
for the delinquent taxes of WOO and all irior ."
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tion will expire on November .,6th, 1903.?, ''., .
Southcnst quarter of southwest quiirter'ol sec
tion 11, township 7, range 5 taxed toIpP.CGri-t
linger. . -v.
Northeast auarter of seetlon 2, township' 11, " 1
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Northwest quarter of northeast quurter of sec
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Southwest quarter northwest quarter of sectloa
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West bait northwestquarterof section 22, town
ship 7, range 8, taxed ta Warren B. Pickett. r .
Dated at Lincoln, Nebraska, this 1st day - of
July,' A. D. 1903. 0- 'i . 7p-: t&sii .
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Notice Probate of Forljrn WIU fefo
Estate No. 1783 of Daniel" J: Poorev Deceased,
In County Court of Lancaster County,cNetraska.
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with authenticated copy and record of proceed
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has been set for hearing herein on July 23d 1903, '
at 9 o'clock a. m. Dated June -221903. -'is
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