[Boston: 1873]. Original printed wrappers, stitched. 60, , [3 blanks] pp. Front wrapper spotted and detached [but present]; some light spotting to lower blank margins of first several leaves. Good+.
The Massachusetts Medical Society preferred charges against Bushnell, Fuller, and six other physician members of the Society for "Conduct unbecoming and unworthy an honorable physician and member of this Society," i.e., practicing homeopathy. The Society's Board of Trial conducted the proceedings "at the Society's Rooms." The alleged miscreants purportedly sought to "disorganize and destroy" the Massachusetts Medical Society, and to become members of the Massachusetts Homoeopathic Medical Society. A By-Law of the Massachusetts Medical Society prohibited any Member from professing "to cure diseases by Spiritualism, Homoeopathy, or Thompsonianism."
With defendants protesting what they regarded as a kangaroo-court, the trial proceeded. The detailed closing arguments for "the Accused" are printed here, as well as summaries of the testimony. In what was a foregone conclusion, they were all found guilty and expelled from the Massachusetts Medical Society.
II Harv. Law Cat. 1031. Item #31209