JAMA. 1935;105(11):888. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.02760370044019.
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The osteopathic practice act of Iowa, approved March 29, 1921, defined "osteopathy" as "the name of that system of healing art which places the chief emphasis on the structural integrity of the body mechanism as being the most important factor for maintaining the organism in health." That definition, rather widely adopted, seems to have the approval of many osteopaths. Presumably on the initiative of the osteopaths of Iowa, however, the general assembly of that state has now elaborated the definition. The laws of Iowa1 now provide that:

  • Osteopathy is that school of Healing Art which teaches and practices scientific methods and modalities used in the prevention and treatment of human diseases, but whose basic concept, in contrast with all other schools, places paramount emphasis upon the normality of blood circulation and all other body functions as a necessary prerequisite to health and holds that such normality is more certain


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