THE NEW MEDICAL BILL.
TO THE EDITOR. Slß,—Section 5$ of the Medical Pill says that no person shall rtcoyer for any medicine which he shall have prescribed ana supplied unless he is registered ; and section 5 makes ft punishable with a fine of LSO if an unlicensed man call himself an apothecary, doctor, or practise medicine for gain, further, if a person ill is given up by the doctors (and this has sometimes happened), and they or their send for me, I must not charge for my time or medicine; and because I practise for gain I am liable to be fined LSO, My certificate, in case of deatfi, will be useless; and if the regulardoctor refused to give one, how is the corpse to be disposed oft Jt Is generally supposed that Hie medical laws of Britain are stringent enough, but they give every man the right to choose his own medical attendant without regard to license. There is a doctor in this City who years ago expressed the sentiments of this Bill, when he said : “ I would n6t punish a man for sending for a quack, but I would punish the quack for going.” He, however, did not knbw that the true quack is the man that gives his patients quicksilver. I have been refused registration because my diploma was American, And this pouncil, sought to be created by the Bill, will have the power to veto certain colleges; I suppose eclectic ones in' particular, and refuse to recognise their diplomas. Then we find that even the doctors themselves are to take out a licence every year and pay L22s.
I trust that both Houses of Parliament will throw out this Bill, 'which is only fit for a semi-civilised country like Russia or Turkey. chief pretence for i$ is the stoppage of such travelling quacks as the Golden Chariot proprietors. Why stop them when it can be testified that they do good ? It ik said one of our City doctors publicly presented Madame Duflot with a
bouquet of flowers in recognition of her skill and dexterity. The only abuse which ought to be stopped is their being allowed to cure by contract taking LlO, L2O, and even LSO for a cure, which is seldom or ever performed, A clause of this kind added to the present law would be useful. Rut if the law lets Professor Halloway and other like propouuders of patent medicines send ua pills and ointment, why seek to SMreveut any any other person in the colony rom making and selling medicine—even in a golden chariot? —I am, etc., James Neil. Dunedin, July 10.
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THE NEW MEDICAL BILL., Evening Star, Issue 7956, 11 July 1889
THE NEW MEDICAL BILL. Evening Star, Issue 7956, 11 July 1889
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