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By 1923, Osteopaths secured licensing in forty-six states and about half of those states created separate osteopathic boards. Osteopaths established a secure foothold in America and have never relinquished it. Contrarily, after the major sects established unified boards and the AMA admitted Irregulars to its ranks, Eclecticism and Homeopathy began their slow decline. Osteopaths successfully transformed themselves from a small Midwestern medical sect into physicians in the eyes of both the public and the law.
Today, Osteopaths and MDs are virtually indistinguishable. Osteopaths
have almost abandoned the teachings of Andrew Still that defined osteopathy at the end of the 19th century and moved away from drugless treatments. Currently, there are over 34 Osteopathic medical schools and over 130,000 osteopaths practicing medicine across the United States.