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Medical Reciprocity with Foreign Countries
The army directory has issued a decree providing for reciprocity with foreign countries as regards the practice of the several professions, including medicine. Heretofore, it has seemed strange that this country should grant all kinds of facilities to foreigners, while Spanish physicians find so many handicaps when trying to practice abroad. The situation was the worst in precisely those nations in which large numbers of Spaniards make their homes. In fact, medical practice was practically prohibited to Spaniards, except in the rare cases in which physicians had studied there from grammar school on. Thus, in neighboring France, Spanish physicians can be counted on the fingers of both hands, and those few are the sons of emigrants or persons who have spent their entire lives there. Nationalist sentiment has been so aroused that a number of Spaniards, urged to settle in France during the World War,
MADRID. JAMA. 1925;85(26):2044-2045. doi:10.1001/jama.1925.02670260042021