August 6, 1910

Registration of Foreign Physicians

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Denison, Iowa.

JAMA. 1910;55(6):520. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.04330060072028

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To the Editor:  There was a time when foreign medical schools, especially those of Germany and England, were considered superior to ours. At the same time there were nongraduate practitioners in all of our states, with no registration laws, and many localities were not supplied with competent physicians. At that time it was expedient to invite foreign graduates to locate here. To-day conditions have changed. Our colleges rank with the best schools in the world; foreigners come to our shores to learn our advanced methods, but our graduates are not recognized in those countries. Our states are now well-supplied with graduate and registered physicians; many of our cities are overcrowded, and yet foreigners, who cannot make a living in their own country, throng in. The profession in Germany is overcrowded. Canadian physicians are pouring into our country and American graduates are crowded out, and have no recourse of protection in

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