April 5, 1884


JAMA. 1884;II(14):389-390. doi:10.1001/jama.1884.02390380025009

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Editor Journal of the American Medical Association.  In 1849, at the Boston meeting of the American Medical Association, that body had a report from an able committee on the subject, among other things, of regulating the practice of medicine by law, the conclusion reached being that it was not at that time expedient to seek the aid of State legislatures in that direction, and this has probably been the dominant sentiment of that organization since, as no further agitation of the matter has occurred. But many things have happened in the thirty-five years since that first Boston meeting of the Association, and it is quite probable that the present members of that body may hold views differing from those of the members of that day.At least, for years thoughtful physicians have been filled with regret to observe so many persons engaged in the practice of medicine, who possessed no

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