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ECLECTIC PRACTICE Definition & Legal Meaning

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In medicine. That system followed by physicians who selecttheir modes of practice and medicines from various schools. Webster.”Without professing to understand much of medical phraseology, we suppose thatthe terms ‘allopathic practice’ and ‘legitimate business’ mean the ordinary methodcommonly adopted by the great body of learned and eminent physicians. which istaught in their institutions, established by their highest authorities, and accepted by thelarger and more respectable portion of the community. By ‘eclectic practice,’ withoutimputing to it, as the counsel for the plaintiff seem inclined to, an odor of illegality, wepresume is intended another and different system, unusual and eccentric, notcountenanced by the classes before referred to, but characterized by them as spuriousand denounced as dangerous. It is sufficient to say that the two modes of treatinghuman maladies are essentially distinct, and based upon different views of the natureand causes of diseases, their appropriate remedies, and the modes of applying them.”Bradbury v. Bardin, 34 Conn. 453.


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