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February 10, 1999

Nonphysician Clinicians in the Health Care Workforce

Author Affiliations

Margaret A.WinkerMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Interim CoeditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 1999;281(6):509-511. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-281-6-jac80022

To the Editor: Dr Cooper and colleagues erroneously state " . . . all states that license naturopaths consider them to be physicians and designate their titles as doctor of naturopathic medicine (ND) or naturopathic physician (NP)."1 The New Hampshire Medical Society does not consider naturopathic practitioners to be physicians and the society insisted that the naturopathic licensing bill, which was enacted in 1994, include a provision to specifically prohibit naturopathic practitioners from calling themselves, advertising themselves, or allowing themselves to be called physicians, and prohibiting them from using any physician's insignia.2

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