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August 24, 1929


JAMA. 1929;93(8):627-628. doi:10.1001/jama.1929.02710080053027

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Medical and Allied Professional Councils  The many different trends of thought that have found expression in Belgium since the armistice, and the many discussions that have been held on the subject of the creation of an ethical order of physicians, have been presented, from time to time, in previous letters. The minister of the interior and of hygiene has recently synthesized all these discussions and has drafted a bill which would provide for the creation of councils of the medical and allied professions. This is a very important event in medicoprofessional life, coming as it does just at the time when social insurance is about to be introduced on an extensive scale. The minister justifies his action as being opportune, for the necessity of conferring a disciplinary power on the medical commissions or of organizing councils on discipline distinct from the commissions has long since been recognized. But the idea

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