Monday, August 20, 2012

Quote from signatory to US Declaration of Independence: Medical Freedom is Right

This quote was pointed out to me. I think it's a stunner, especially considering the age of the original: 230yrs, 100yrs since Booth and its another 15+yrs since Wilk...

There is also an interesting counter quotation from Dr Benjamin Rush, a physician and signatory to the U.S. Declaration of Independence [1776]. 
He wrote, "The Constitution of the Republic should make provision for medical freedom. To restrict the art of healing to one class of men and deny equal privilege to others will constitute the Bastille of medical science. All such laws are un-American and despotic. They are vestiges of monarchy and have no place in a republic. " 
Wilk CA. Medicine, monopolies and malice.New York: Avery Publishing Group 1996;53.
ER Booth, History of Osteopathy and Twentieth Century Medical Practice, Cincinnati: Caxton Press, 1905 (1924):312.

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