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which no contestant has received or shall receive in any form, directly or indirectly, any money, prize, reward or compensation either for the expenses of training for such contest or for taking part therein, except as herein expressly provided. Nor shall any person appear as contestant in such amateur exhibition who prior thereto has received any compensation or reward in any form for displaying, exercising or giving any example of his skill in or knowledge of athletic exercises, or for rendering services of any kind to any athletic organization or to any person or persons as trainer, coach, instructor or otherwise, or who shall have been employed in any manner professionally by reason of his athletic skill or knowledge; provided, however, that a medal or trophy may be awarded to each contestant in such amateur boxing exhibitions, not to exceed in value the sum of $35.00 each, which such medal or trophy must have engraved thereon the name of the winner and the date of the event; but no portion of any admission fee or fees charged or received for any amateur boxing exhibition shall be paid or given to any contestant in such amateur boxing exhibition, either directly or indirectly, nor shall any gift be given to or received by such contestants for participating in such boxing exhibition, except said medal or trophy. At every amateur boxing exhibition held in this state and permitted by this section of the Penal Code, any sheriff, constable, marshal, policeman or other peace officer of the city, county or other political subdivision, where such exhibition is being held, shall have the right to, and it is hereby declared to be his duty to stop such exhibition, whenever it shall appear to him that the contestants are so unevenly matched or for any other reason, the said contestants have been, or either of them, has been seriously injured or there is danger that said contestants, or either of them, will be seriously injured if such contest continues, and he may call to his assistance in enforcing his order to stop said exhibition, as many peace officers or ma
zens of the state as may be necessary for that purpose. Provided, further, that any contestant who shall continue to participate in such exhibition after an order to stop such exhibition shall have been given by such peace officer, or who shall violate any of the regulations herein prescribed, for governing amateur boxing exhibitions, shall be deemed guilty of violating this section of the Penal Code and subject to the punishment herein provided.
Nothing in this section contained shall be construed to prevent any county, city and county, or incorporated city or town from prohibiting, by ordinance, the holding or conducting of any boxing exhibition, or any person from engaging in any such boxing exhibition therein.
Section 2. ction four hundred and thirteen of the Penal Code is hereby amended to read as follows:
413. Every person wilfully present as a spectator at any fight or contention prohibited in the preceding section, is guilty of a misdemeanor.
An information may be laid before any of the magistrates mentioned in section eight hundred and eight of this code, that a person has taken steps toward promoting or participating in a contemplated pugilistic contest, or fight, or ring or prize fight, or sparring or boxing exhibition, prohibited under the provision of section four hundred and twelve of this code, or is about to commit an offense under said section four hundred and twelve. When said information is laid before said magistrate, he must examine, on oath, the informer, and any witness or witnesses he may produce, and must take their depositions in writing and cause them to be subscribed by the parties making them. If it appears from the deposition that there is just reason to fear the commission of the offense contemplated by the person so informed against, the magistrate must issue a warrant directed generally to the sheriff of the county, or any constable, marshal, or policeman in the state, reciting the substance of the information and commanding the officer forthwith to arrest the person informed against and bring him before the magistrate. When the person informed against is brought before the
magistrate, if the charge be controverted, the magistrate must take testimony in relation thereto.
The evidence must be reduced to writing and subscribed by the witnesses. If it appears there is no just reason to fear the commission of the offense alleged to have been contemplated, the person complained against must be discharged. If, however, there is just reason to fear the commission of the offense, the person complained of must be required to enter into an undertaking in such sum, not less than three thousand dollars, as the magistrate may direct, with one or more sufficient sureties, conditioned that such person will not, for a period of one year thereafter, commit any such contemplated offense.
Section 3. Section four hundred and thirteen and one-half of the Penal
Code is hereby amended to read as follows:
4133. Any person or persons holding, or conducting, or participating in, or present as a spectator, at any boxing exhibition held on Memorial Day, May 30, or on Sundays, shall be guilty of
misdemeanor, and upon conviction thereof shall be punished by fine not exceeding five hundred dollars or by imprisonment in the county jail not exceeding six months, or by both such fine and imprisonment.
Section 4. A new section, to be numbered 414a, is hereby added to the Penal Code to read follows:
414a. No person, otherwise competent as witness, is disqualified from testifying as such, concerning any offense under this act, on the ground that such testimony may incriminate himself, but no prosecution can afterwards be had against him for any offense concerning which he testified. The provisions of section 1111 of the Penal Code of this state are not applicable to any prosecutions brought under the provisions of this act.
Section 5. All laws and parts of laws inconsistent with this act are hereby repealed. ARGUMENT IN FAVOR OF ANTI-PRIZE
FIGHT ACT. This act is designed to prevent commercialized prize fighting in California, with its attendant evils, without interfering with bona fide amateur boxing, or amateur boxing exhibitions.
Bona fide amateur boxing exhibitions are permitted under restrictions that will exclude contests between professionals as a business enterprize, viz. :
(a) Rounds are limited to four, of three minutes, with one minute intervals.
(b) Contestants weighing under 145 pounds must wear six-ounce gloves and those over 145, eight-ounce. Soft padding of glove must cover back of hand and knuckles; no bandages permitted on hands or arms;
(c) No professional can engage in amateur boxing exhibitions. “Amateur" is carefully defined in accordance with rules of Amateur Athletic Union of United States, with some additional safeguards;
(d) The only thing of value that contestant may lawfully receive is a trophy or medal not exceeding $35.00 in value, upon which name of winner and date of event must be engraved ;
(e) It is peace officer's duty, within whose jurisdiction amateur boxing exhibition is held, to stop contest when it appears that serious injury has been, or probably will be, inflicted upon contestants. He is authorized to call to his assistance officers or male citizens, and all contestants who continue contest after such order are guilty of violating section 412 of the Penal Code ;
(f) Contestants violating regulations of law governing amateur boxing exhibitions are guilty of violating said section 412.
It is evident from its provisions that the law will be effective and enforceable.
Amateur boxing and prize fighting are no more related than racing and racetrack gambling; and
for the same reason that California voters over- Welsh, at present the champion of his class, is whelmingly approved the suppression of the last well known as a temperate liver and abstainer named evil, they should also prohibit profes- from intoxicants, and a well educated and culsional prize fighting. The large sums collected tured gentleman. Other well known men in this by prize fight promoters not only represent actual country who are a credit to the game are Johnny waste, but also induce young men to adopt Kilbane, Johnny Williams, Willie Ritchie and pugilism as a business, with all its brutalizing James J. Corbett, each of whom has reached the and demoralizing tendencies, and its attendant head of his class. The last two are citizens of evils of intoxication and gambling.
California, and men whose actions, in all parts It is not necessary to call attention to the of the world, have caused Californians to be deaths resulting from prize fighting. This SO- very proud of them. called art of self defense is barbarous in char- Fifth-Opposition to boxing is believed to have acter, for every prize fighter aims to deliver a been developed from two sources one is the "knockout” to his opponent. It is not surprising honest, but uninformed reformer, and the other that some are killed. In amateur sports some is the professional agitator. No opposition to participants are injured or killed, but such trag- the sport has been found in the cities and towns edies are incidential and not intentional, while in where it is allowed. To permit the sport will prize fighting the championship and prize are work hardship on none, while to prohibit it will dependent upon “knocking out" the contestant. deprive thousands of an amusement for which
California can not afford, when in 1915 it shall they have shown a liking ever since the game was be entertaining the world at its expositions, to promoted on a large scale in the United States. advertise that it is out of harmony with the That there is no popular demand for its proenlightened sentiment of the civilized world, that hibition is evinced by the fact that it took eight unmistakably condemns prize fighting and its months to get 32,000 signatures from a voters' attendant evils.
list of over 500,000 in the state. Even with that Vote for this proposed law, and thereby exhibit time it was necessary to get an extension over not only the highest patriotism, but also the most the eight months limit to complete the petition. approved common sense. NATHAN NEWBY.
Sixth--Boxing is not a state nor a national
sport. It has an international vogue. For nearly ARGUMENT AGAINST ANTI-PRIZE FIGHT
two hundred years it has been promoted and enАСТ.
couraged by the English government, while men
at the head of the army and navy of the United First-Boxing is not brutal. Misrepresentation,
States have been hardly less active in encourthrough ignorance of existing conditions, has
aging it among the enlisted men. It is recognized spread the idea that the sport is a brutal amusement. Records show that more men are injured
as a healthful sport and a training course that
conditions men second to none other in the world. in other major sports such as baseball, football, Seventh-The petition against boxing exempts auto racing, and polo, on a ratio of the men
the very brief four round bouts by amateurs. engaged, than have been in boxing. In conduct
In these bouts there is no incentive for the boys ing bouts, promoters in California have held
to develop the best there is in them. No strict strictly to the rule of stopping all contests in
regulations compel them to train and acquire which one of the contestants has plainly lost all their best physical condition. Neither are they chance to win.
required to submit to a physician's examination Second–The sport is conducive to maintain
before entering the ring. In professional bouts manliness and good health among the partic- the men are made to post forfeits that they will ipants. Rigid rules call for the best of condition
attain their best condition and make certain from a boxer, and to obtain this cleanliness and weights. Even with this protection for themabstinence from all forms of vice must be ob- selves they must submit to the examination of a served.
physician, who will not allow a man to enter the Third-A general impression exists that box- ring when there is the least chance of his being ing contests are attended only by the lowest injured by lack of condition in so doing. Fame, moral element. The houses drawn by promoters money, and popularity are held out to the proin California have been composed of the highest fessional boxer, and it stands to reason that those class of professional and business men. Law- inducements naturally make for a much higher yers, doctors, merchants, bankers and ministers standard of bouts than would the conditions under have been interested spectators.
which amateur bouts are conducted. Fourth-The character of the men who have
D. P. REGAN, made good in the sport is above reproach. Fred
State Senator Eighteenth District. DRUGLESS PRACTICE. Initiative act creating state board for drugless physicians, with office in Oakland, creating fund from fees for members' and employees' salaries and expenses, regulating examinations and issuance of certificates. Authorizes holders thereof to treat all physical or mental ailments of human beings without drugs or medicine, use “Doctor,” “Dr.” or “D. P.” in connection with "Drugless Physician," and sign birth and death certificates. Exempts from examination any person practicing any drugless system for six months prior to effective date of act. Prescribes penalties for violations of act; and repeals all inconsistent provisions of medical act.
The electors of the State of California do and to repeal an act entitled 'An act for the reghereby petition and propose the adoption of the ulation of the practice of medicine and surgery, following measure:
osteopathy, and other systems or modes of treat
ing the sick or afflicted, in the State of CaliAn act for the regulation of the practice of
fornia, and for the appointment of a board of drugless systems or methods of treating sick or
medical examiners in the matter of said regulaafflicted human beings; regulating the examina
tion,' approved March 14, 1907, and acts amendtion applicants for license; regulating reg.
atory thereof, and also to repeal all other acts istration of applicants; allowing those licensed
and parts of acts in conflict with this act,” apto treat diseases, injuries, deformities, or other
proved June 2, 1913, in conflict with this act and physical or mental conditions of human beings
repealing all acts or parts of acts in conflict with by drugless methods; to establish a board of ex
this act. aminers for drugless physicians, to provide for their appointment and formation and prescribe
The people of the State of California do enact their powers and duties; making violations of
as follows: its provisions a misdemeanor; and repealing all
Section 1. A board to consist of nine members parts of an act, entitled “An act to regulate the
and to be known as the board of examiners for examination of applicants for license, and the
drugless physicians is hereby created and estabpractice of those licensed, to treat diseases, in- lished. The governor shall appoint the members juries, deformities, or other physical or mental of the board on or before the first Tuesday in conditions of human beings; to establish a board December, 1914, each of whom shall have been of medical examiners, to provide for their ap- a citizen of this state for at least three years pointment and prescribe their powers and duties, next preceding his appointment. Each of the
members shall be appointed from among persons who practice any method of the healing art known as the drugless method and no other person practicing any other method than such drugless method shall be eligible to membership on said board. The governor shall all by appointment all vacancies on the board. The term of office of each member shall be four years, provided, that of the first board appointed three members shall be appointed for one year, two members for two years, two members for three years and two members for four years, and that thereafter all appointments shall be for four years, except that appointments to fill vacancies shall be for the unexpired term only. No person in any manner owning any interest in any college, school or institution engaged in any drugless method of instruction shall be appointed on the board.
The governor shall have power to remove from office any member of the board for neglect of duty required by this act, for incompetency, or for unprofessional conduct.
Each member of the board shall, before entering upon the duties of his office, take the constitutional oath of office. Not more than two members of the board shall be of the same school or system of any drugless method.
Sec. 2. The board shall be organized on or before the first Tuesday of January, 1915, by electing from its number a president, vice-president, secretary, and treasurer, who shall hold their respective positions during the pleasure of the board. The board shall hold one meeting annually beginning on the first Tuesday in February, 1915, in the city of Oakland, and at least one additional meeting annually which shall be held in the city of Los Angeles, with power of adjournment from time to time until its business is concluded; provided, however, that examinations of applicants for certificates may, in the discretion of the board, be conducted in any part of the state designated by the board. Special meetings of the board may be held at such time and place as the board may designate Notice of each regular or special meeting shall be given twice a week for two weeks next preceding each meeting in one daily newspaper published in the city of Oakland, one published in the city of Sacramento, and one published in the city of Los Angeles, which notice shall also specify the time and place of holding the examination of applicants. The board shall receive through its secretary applications for certificates provided to be issued under this act and shall, on or before the first day of January of each year transmit to the governor a full report of all its proceedings, together with a report of its receipts and disbursements. The board shall, on or before the first day of January of each year, compile a complete directory giving the addresses of all persons within the State of California who hold unrevoked licenses to practice under this act. The board is hereby authorized to require said persons to furnish such information as it may deem necessary to enable it to compile the directory. The directory shall contain in addition to the names and addresses of said persons the date of issuance of the license, the present residence of said person and a statement of the certificate held. The directory shall be prima facie evidence of the right of the person or persons named therein to practice. It shall be the duty of any person holding a license under this act, or who may hereafter be so licensed under this act, to report immediately each and every change of residence, giving both the old and the new address.
Sec. 3. The office of the board shall be in the city of Oakland and in all legal proceedings against the board said city shall be 'eemed to be the residence of the members thereof.
Sec. 4. The board may from time to time adopt such rules as may be necessary to enable it to carry into effect the provisions of this act. It shall require the affirmative vote of five members of said board to carry any motion or resolution, to adopt any rules, to pass any measure, or to authorize the issuance of any certificate as in this act provided. Any member of the board may administer oaths in any matter pertaining to the duties of the board, and the board shall have authority to take evidence in any matter cognizable by it. The board shall keep an official record of all its proceedings, a part of which record shall consist of a register of all applicants for certificates under this act, together with the action of the board upon each application.
Sec, 5. The board is authorized to prosecute all persons guilty of violation of the provisions of this act. It shall have the power to employ legal counsel for such purpose and shall also employ such clerical assistance as it may deem necessary
to carry into effect the provisions of this act. The board may fix the compensation to be paid for such service and may incur such other expenses as it may deem necessary. The board shall fix the salary of the secretary not to exceed the sum of twelve hundred (1200) dollars per annum, and the sum to be paid to other members of the board not to exceed ten (10) dollars per diem each, for each and every day of actual service in the discharge of official duties; and the board may in its discretion add to said sum necessary traveling expenses.
Sec. 6. All fees collected on behalf of the board of examiners for drugless physicians and all receipts of every kind and nature shall be reported at the beginning of each month, for the month preceding, to the state controller, and at the same time the entire amount of such collections shall be paid into the state treasury and shall be credited to a fund to be known as the board of examiners for drugless physicians' contingent fund, which fund is hereby created. Such contingent fund shall be for the uses of the board of examiners for drugless physicians. Out of it shall be paid all salaries and other expensez necessarily incurred in carrying into effect the provisions of this act. An amount not to exceed one thousand (1000) dollars may be drawn from the contingent fund herein created, to be used as a revolving fund where cash advances are necessary; but expenditures from such revolving fund must be substantiated by youchers and itemized statements at the end of each fiscal year, or at any other time when demand therefor is made by the board of control.
Sec. 7. Every applicant for a certificate shall pay to the secretary of the board a fee of twenty-five (25) dollars which shall be paid to the treasurer of the board by said secretary. In case the applicant's credentials are insufficient or in case he does not desire to take the examination, the sum of ten (10) dollars shall be retained, the remainder of the fee being returnable on application.
Sec. 8. One form of certificate shall be issued by said board, under the seal thereof, and signed by the president and secretary; said certificate shall authorize the holder thereof to treat diseases, deformities, injuries or other physical or mental conditions or ailments of human beings without the use of drugs or what are commonly known as medicinal preparations, and which certificate shall be designated as “drugless physician.”
Said certificate on being recorded in the office of the county clerk, as hereinafter provided, shall constitute the holder thereof a duly licensed practitioner in accordance with the provisions of such certificate.
Sec. 9. Every applicant must file with the board at least two weeks prior to the regular meeting thereof, satisfactory testimonials of good moral character, and every applicant must show that he has attended two courses of study, each such course to have been of not less than thirty-two weeks duration but not necessarily pursued continuously or consecutively, and that at least ten months shall have intervened between the beginning of any course and the beginning of the preceding course.
The said application shall be made upon a blank furnished by said board and it shall contain such information concerning the instruction and the preliminary education of the applicant as the board may by rule prescribe. Provided, however, that nothing in this section shall be construed so as to apply to applicants for registration as set forth in section 20 of this act.
Sec. 10. Applicants for a certificate as set forth herein shall file satisfactory evidence of having pursued in a legally chartered school or schools, or in a regularly chartered college or colleges the course of instruction covering and including the following minimum requirements: Group 1. 645 hours Anatomy
510 hours Histology
135 hours Group 2. 340 hours Toxicology
40 hours Physiology
300 hours Group 3. 315 hours Hygiene
45 hours Pathology
270 hours Group 4. 420 hours Diagnosis
420 hours Group 5. 260 hours Manipulative and mechanical therapy.
260 hours Group 6. 300 hours Gynecology
105 hours Obstetrics
195 hours Total
2280 hours In the course of study herein outlined the hours required shall be actual work in the class room, laboratory, clinic or hospital, and at least eighty (80) per cent of actual attendance shall be required; provided, that the hours herein required in any one subject need not exceed seventy-five (75) per cent of the number specified, but that the total number of hours in all the subjects of each group shall not be less than the total number specified for such group.
Sec. 11. All applicants for a certificate, except as set forth in stion 20, must pass an examination in the following subjects:
1. Anatomy and histology.
7. Gynecology and obstetrics. All examinations shall be practical in character and designed to ascertain the applicant's fitness to practice his profession, and shall be conducted in the English language and at least a portion of the examination in each of the subjects shall be in writing in the discretion of the board. There shall be at least ten questions on each subject, the answers to which shall be marked on a scale of zero to one hundred. Each applicant must obtain no less than a general average of seventy-five cent and not less than sixty per cent in any two subjects; provided, that any applicant shall be granted a credit of one per cent upon the general average for each year of actual practice since graduation.
The examination papers shall form a part of the records of the board and shall be kept on file by the secretary for a period of one year after each examination. In said examination the applicant shall be known and designated by number only and the name attached to the number shall be kept secret until after the board has finally voted upon the application. The secretary of the board shall in no instance participate as an examiner in any examination held by the board. All questions on any subject in which examination is required under this act, shall be provided by the board of examiners upon the morning of the day upon which examination is given in such subject, and when it shall be shown that the secretary or any member of the board has in any manner given information in advance of or during examination to any applicant it shall be the duty of the governor to remove such person from the board of examiners, or from the office of secretary.
All certificates issued hereunder shall be issued in such form as shall be prescribed by the board.
Sec. 12. Said board must refuse a certificate to any applicant guilty of unprofessional conduct. Said board shall adopt rules of practice and procedure pursuant to and under and by virtue of the laws of the State of California by which to try a person charged with unprofessional conduct. In every instance, there a person is charged with unprofessional conduct such person before suspension or revocation shall be made shall be cited to appear and be given an opportunity to defend himself by counsel or otherwise in every stage of the proceedings. In the event that any person has his certificate revoked or suspended the secretary shall enter in the register the fact of such suspension or revocation, as the case may be, and shall certify the fact of such suspension or revocation under the seal of the board to the county clerk of the counties in which the certificate of the person whose certificate has been revcked has been recorded.
The words "unprofessional conduct” as used in this act are hereby declared to mean:
First—The procuring or aiding or abetting in procuring of a criminal abortion,
Second— The wilfully betraying of a professional secret.
Third-All advertising which is intended or has a tendency to deceive the public or impose upon credulous or ignorant persons, and so be harmful or injurious to public morals or safety.
Fourth-All advertisements of any means whereby the monthly periods of women can be regulated or the menses re-established if suppressed.
Fifth Habitual intemperance.
Sec. 13. Every person holding a certificate under this act authorizing him to practice any system as set forth in this act known as a drugless system whereby such person is authorized to treat sick or amicted human beings in this state, must have it filed for record in the office of the county clerk of the county or counties in which the holder of said certificate is
practicing his profession, and the fact of such recordation shall be endorsed on the certificate by the county clerk recording the same. Any person holding a certificate as aforesaid who shall practice or attempt to practice a drugless system as set forth herein, without having first filed his certificate with the county clerk as herein provided shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be punished by a fine of not more than one hundred (100) dollars, or by imprisonment for a period of not more than sixty days or by both such fine and imprisonment.
Sec. 14. The county clerk shall keep a bock provided for the purpose in which a complete list of the certificates filed for record by him as set forth therein with the date of the record; and said book shall be open to public inspection during his office hours.
Sec. 15, Any person who shall practice, or attempt to practice, or who advertises or holds himself cut as practicing any drugless system or mode of treating sick or afflicted human beings in this state, or who shall by a drugless method diagnose, treat, operate for, or prescribe for, any disease, injury, deformity, or other mental or physical condition of a person without having at the time of so doing a valid unrevoked certificate as provided in this act, or who shall in any sign or in any advertisement use the word “Doctor," the letters or prefix"Dr.”; or the letters “D. P.”, or the words “Drugless Physician", or any other term or letters indicating or implying that he is a doctor under the terms of this act, or that he is entitled to practice hereunder without having at the time of so doing a valid unrevoked certificate as provided in this act shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction thereof, shall be punished by a fine of not more than five hundred (500) dollars, or by imprisonment for a term of not more than one hundred and eighty days, or by both such fine and imprisonment. Upon each such conviction the fine when collected shall be paid to the state treasurer and a report thereof shall be made to the state controller.
Sec. 16. Any person, or any member of any firm, or ofcer of a corporation, association, organization or company, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction thereof shall be punished by imprisonment for not more than six months, or by a fine of not more than five hundred (500) dollars, or by both such fine and imprisonment, who, individually or as an officer of any corporation, association, organization or company, shall himself sell or barter or offer for såle or barter any certificate authorized to be issued hereunder, or who shall purchase or procure the same either directly or indirectly with intent that the same shall be fraudulently used or who shall with fraudulent intent alter any certificate authorized to be granted hereunder, or who shall use or attempt to use fraudulently any certificate authorized to be granted hereunder, whether the same be genuine or false, or who shall attempt to practice any drugless system or treatment of sick or afflicted human beings under a false or assumed name, or any name other than that prescribed by the board of examiners for drugless physicians of the State of California on its certificate issued to such person authorizing him to administer such treatment, or who shall assume any degree or title not conferred upon him in the manner and by the authority recognized in this act, with intent to represent falsely that he has received such degree or title, or who shall wilfully make any false statement on any application for examination, license or registration under this act, with intent to deceive, or who shall within ten days after demand made by the secretary of the board fail to furnish to said board the name and address of all persons associated with or employed by him or by any company or association with which he is or has been connected at any time within sixty days prior to said notice, together with: a sworn statement showing under what license or authority such person or persons or its employee or employees is or are, or have, or have been, practicing a system of treatment of the sick or afflicted; provided, however, that such affidavit shall not be used as evidence against said person or employee in any proceeding under this section.
Sec. 17. Nothing in this act shall be construed to prohibit service in the case of an emergency, or the domestic administration of family treatment; nor shall this act apply to any practitioner from another state or territory who is actually consulting with a licensed practitioner in this state if such practitioner is, at the time of such consultation, a licensed practitioner in the state or territory in which he resides, provided, that such practitioner shall not open an office or appoint a place to meet patients or receive calls within the limits of this state; nor shall this act be construed so as to discriminate against any particular system of drugless method or any other treatment, or to regulate, prohibit or apply to any kind of treatment by prayer, or to interfere with the practice of religion in any way.
Sec. 18. Every person licensed to practice under the terms of this act shall have the same rights and privileges granted to other persons now practicing any system of treating sick or afflicted human beings under any of the laws of the State of California; provided, however, that such rights and privileges are consistent with this act.
Sec. 19. Every person licensed to practice under and by virtue of this act shall have the full power and right, and by virtue thereof is authorized, to sign birth and death certificates or any other certificate or other document necessary to the full performance of such person's rights and duties obtained under and by virtue of this act. And it shall be the duty of any officer of any city, county or city and county or other municipal subdivision of the State of California, or the State of California, to recognize and accept such certificate or other document and file and record the same as by law in such cases made and provided.
Sec. 20. Any person who has been engaged in the actual practice of any drugless system or method of treating sick or afflicted human beings, which said drugless system or method is as set forth in and recognized by the terms of this act, within the State of California, for a period of six (6) months prior to the taking effect of this act, shall, upon the payment of the sum of twenty-five (25) dollars, be entitled to register, without taking the examination hereinbefore set forth, as a drugless physician. Upon registering, such person shall be entitled to and receive a certificate as set forth in section eight (8) of this act. And it shall be the duty of the board to issue such certificate upon the filing of the application blank as hereinafter set forth. Provided, however, that such application for registration must be filed with the board within six (6) months from and after the date this act takes effect. Such application shall be made upon a blank to be furnished by the board and shall contain, among other things, the following information:
The name of the applicant; his address; length of time he has lived in the State of California; length of time of his actual practice as a drugless physician within the State of California; nature, character and method of treating the sick or afflicted human beings within the State of California; name of college or school teaching drugless methods from which the applicant graduated. Any applicant failing or refusing to fill out and file such application blank must be refused the right to register and is not eligible to receive the certificate hereinbefore set forth.
Sec. 20a. Any person receiving a certificate under and by virtue of any of the terms of this act is entitled and may be allowed to use the word “Doctor" or the letters or prefix "Dr.” before his name or the letters or abbreviation "D. P." or the words "Drugless Physician" after his name or any other letters, words or prefixes signifying that he is entitled to practice under and by virtue of this act. Provided, however, that whenever any such person does use any such words, letters, abbreviations or prefixes as set forth in this section, then and in such event such person must use the words “Drugless Physician" in connection therewith.
Sec. 21. All parts of an act entitled "An act to regulate the examination of applicants for license, and the practice of those licensed, to treat disease, injuries, deformities, or other physical or mental conditions of human beings; to establish a board of medical examiners, to provide for their appointment and prescribe their powers and duties, and to repeal an act entitled 'An act for the regulation of the practice of medicine and surgery, osteopathy, and other systems or modes of treating the sick or afflicted, in the State of California, and for the appointment of a board of medical examiners in the matter of said regulation,' approved March 14, 1907, and acts amendatory thereof, and also to repeal all other acts and parts of acts in conflict with this act. Approved June 2, 1913," where the same are inconsistent or in conflict with this act, are hereby repealed.
Sec. 22. All acts or parts of acts in conflict herewith are hereby repealed.
ARGUMENT IN FAVOR OF DRUGLESS PRAC
TICE ACT. The real object of this proposed act is to secure freedom. In reality and practice it will give to every individual within the State of California the right to choose his or her own doctor withoutany interference by unfair or drastic laws.
Under the present laws of the state if a person desires to be cured of any bodily ailments or afflictions, he is compelled to go to a doctor who uses and practices medicine. Thus one is forced to use a system which might be against his belief.
Suppose, for example, that one wishes to consult a mechano-therapist, or a chiropractic, or a hydro-therapist-under the present law a human being is deprived of this natural and inherent right.
Medicine is not an exact science, and has been changing ever since its discovery and use. Therefore, the popular sentiment among thousands of intelligent men and women against its use is not ill-advised.
The opponents will tell you that under the present laws the people have all the protection they need. With this view we have no argument, The proposed act has nothing to do with the present laws other than to repeal those which are in conflict therewith. All the proposed act has to deal with is the creation of a condition whereby the drugless physician will be legally recognized, and so that he can do, legally, that which he must now either not do at all or be compelled to do illegally.
The opponents will tell you that if this law is passed it will let in a lot of quacks. The voters of this state are too intelligent to be fooled by this sort of time-worn argument. Whenever some of the medical profession want to throw the mantle of defeat over that which is in the interest of all the students of human ills, other than the political doctor and chosen few, they invariably resort to abuse and defamation.
The people must also consider that under present conditions a medical trust has been built up in this state, with the result that men and women in the ordinary walks of life are compelled to pay twice and three times as much for medical aid as they would have to do under fair and generous conditions.
We are not appealing to sentiment in this matter. It is not our aim to create any unfounded public opinion. All we ask is fair play and a square deal before the law. It is our God given right to live according to the honest dictates of our own conscience. It is equally the same God given right that any citizen should be allowed to choose the one who shall cure him or her of his or her ills.
A competent examination must be taken before one is allowed to receive a certificate, just as the present laws provide for those physicians who use medicine. Every reasonable safeguard is embodied in the proposed law, thus protecting the people.
In the interest of humanity and the many honest men and women who have spent their hard earned money in receiving a college education to become drugless physicians, we ask that the people vote for this proposed measure.
W. H. JORDAN, D. C. ARGUMENT AGAINST DRUGLESS PRAC.
TICE ACT. The primary purpose of medical license laws is to protect the public from incompetent persons who would give the impression that they are skilled doctors.
A four-year high school course as a preliminary education, plus four years of actual professional training, is the minimum which should be demanded by our laws of every person who would hold himself before the public as a competent doctor, no matter of what school. Does any citizen think the above to be too much training for a doctor?
A doctor often holds in his hand the health and lives of his patients, and the economic success or dependency of the families of his patients. If Doctor “So and So” is educated and well trained, then, if he is a conscientious man, he will probably use every remedy and method conducive to the health and recovery of his patients.