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June 29, 1935


JAMA. 1935;104(26):2392. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.02760260080045

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Dental Practice Acts: Circuit Court's Holding of Unconstitutionality Excuse for Licentiate's Violating Act.—  Hunt was prosecuted for practicing dentistry in Florida without a license. He brought habeas corpus proceedings and was discharged Jan. 11, 1933, the circuit judge before whom the proceedings were pending holding that the Florida dental practice act was unconstitutional. On appeal, however, the Supreme Court of Florida, division A, March 24, 1933, reversed the circuit court's holding (109 Fla. 248, 147 So. 282); The Journal (Jan. 20, 1934, p. 239).Apparently, before the Supreme Court had passed on the constitutionality of the dental practice act but after there was a "circuit court adjudication... that the entire law... was unconstitutional and void," Williams, a licensed dentist, employed and permitted Hunt to practice dentistry in his offices. After the Supreme Court's decision the board of dental examiners revoked Williams' license, relying on a provision of the dental practice

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