Wherein we get the wisdom of the ages from Mark Twain...

As the Good Book says “there is nothing new under the sun.” In the early 1900s there was some controversy over this new-fangled idea in medicine Osteopathy, much like there’s all this controversy over health care and the “individual mandate” now.


The good Samuel Clemens, as was his wont, exploded the idea that the State had the right to decide what doctors he should be able to see. From wikiquote:

Whose property is my body? Probably mine. I so regard it. If I experiment with it, who must be answerable? I, not the State. If I choose injudiciously, does the State die? Oh no.

“Osteopathy” (1901), in Mark Twain’s Speeches, p. 253.


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