March 8, 1884

Illiterate Doctors and Medical Legislation.

JAMA. 1884;II(10):266. doi:10.1001/jama.1884.02390350014003

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—Under the head of domestic correspondence in the present number of the Journal, will be found a short and characteristic letter from Dr. A. L. Gihon, U. S. N., which contains further evidence (of which the world had abundance already) that some graduates of medical colleges are very illiterate, and closes with an earnest request that every member of the American Medical Association will "pray, if nothing else, that wisdom and courage may be given the Legislature of the State of New York to enact the law that will put that great commonwealth in line of battle with Illinois and West Virginia in the war against medical ignorance and incompetence, 'regular' as well as irregular." Inasmuch as our enthusiastic representative of the medical staff of the Navy has improved every opportunity, during the last few years, to show the gross ignorance of many doctors holding diplomas from some of the

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