June 29, 1935

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JAMA. 1935;104(26):2354. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.02760260042014

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INTEGRATION OF THE MEDICAL PROFESSION  Recently there was introduced and passed in the legislature of the state of Oklahoma a statute integrating the dental profession. In the legal profession the movement toward integration has been under way for some years. Apparently there are movements afoot both in Oregon and in South Dakota for integration of the medical profession. This term implies the organization by statute of all licensed practitioners of medicine within a state into a public corporation, which corporation is authorized by law to determine the professional fitness of those who seek admittance into the profession in that state. The corporation would also be authorized to supervise and regulate the professional activities of every member of the profession. Thus it would determine who is and who is not eligible for admission, supervise the conduct of members, and reprimand, suspend or remove them when circumstances indicate the desirability of such

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