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January 31, 1942

The Emigré Physician in America, 1941

JAMA. 1942;118(5):394. doi:10.1001/jama.1942.02830050056021

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In the article with this title in The Journal, Nov. 29, 1941, page 1887, a paragraph begins with the statement "A bill was recently passed in California which would deny the license even to a California native son who happens to be a graduate of a foreign school, unless the country in which the school is located extends reciprocity to Americans." Dr. C. B. Pinkham, secretary of the California Board of Medical Examiners, has written to the National Committee for Resettlement of Foreign Physicians that the committee has been wrongly advised as to the legal interpretation of this portion of the California statutes and particularly as to that portion which reads "if the applicant is not a citizen of the United States." This phraseology exempts citizens of the United States from the requirement of what is referred to as "reciprocity."

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