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To the Editor:—
In table 10 of the extremely valuable statistics of medical licensure presented in The Journal, April 27, and still more markedly in the map appearing on page 1513, the merit so well deserved by the various state examining boards for their efforts to exclude the more poorly or the unqualified candidates from the practice of medicine seems to be very unfairly assigned to certain states, whose legislatures appear to have done their utmost to make nugatory the endeavors of their own examining boards.Thus for example this state of Maine, where I reside, is indicated on the map unshaded, indicating that it licenses no osteopaths, no undergraduates, and no graduates of unapproved schools: on the other hand the state of Massachusetts, in company with three others, is shown in black, having in 1934 licensed twenty-one osteopaths and fifty-four other undesirable nondescripts, out of a total of 216
Tymms WR. MEDICAL LICENSURE. JAMA. 1935;104(23):2115. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.02760230063024