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October 15, 1973


Author Affiliations

Nevada State Health Division Carson City
Assistant Executive Vice President

JAMA. 1973;226(3):354. doi:10.1001/jama.1973.03230030066027

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To the Editor.—  Your editorial on page 297 of the July 16 JAMA in reference to Nevada's new law legalizing licensed acupuncture was greatly prejudiced against Nevada.The controls set forth in Nevada's acupuncture law are very stringent, ten years' experience in acupuncture, as a minimum. We find that very reputable acupuncturists are misinformed as to Nevada's law and are scheduling seminars on the Chinese Healing Arts in Nevada hotels; however, we must caution all concerned that until the licensing procedures are fully developed, the practice of the various forms of Chinese Medicine is against the law.The very strict controls contained in the new legislation make any live demonstration of acupuncture (such as a seminar) punishable as a gross misdemeanor if the acupuncturist is not licensed by Nevada Board of Chinese Medicine. This is true, regardless of the qualifications of the demonstrator and go so far as to preclude