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JAMA 100 Years Ago
May 4, 2011

WHAT SHOULD BE THE ATTITUDE OF THE STATE TOWARD THE PRACTICE OF MEDICINE?

JAMA. 2011;305(17):1816. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.538

M. L. HARRIS, M.D., CHICAGO

As a result of the efforts of physicians, every state has enacted so-called medical practice acts, the ostensible purpose of which is to protect the people against ignorance and incompetence on the part of those who treat the sick. The majority of these medical practice acts were passed, or, at least revised . . . during the past ten years, which is not only an indication of the unusual activity in these matters, but also means that the whole subject is in a very unsettled and unsatisfactory condition.

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