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This is the season of the year when the Legislatures of many States are in session, and not a few of them are considering Bills, or amendments to laws already existing, having for their object the regulation of the practice of medicine. Copies of Bills or Acts have been sent to us from several States, which had been introduced into one or both houses of their respective Legislatures, but in only one instance had they been acted upon and acquired the force of law. While these numerous attempts at medical legislation show a popular desire, both in and out of the profession, to protect the people from medical charlatanism and ignorance, they show a very general failure to comprehend either the true basis for legislation, or the skill to adjust the details for obtaining the best results. Hence we invite the attention of all parties interested to the following simple
LEGAL REGULATION OF MEDICAL PRACTICE.. JAMA. 1887;VIII(11):296-297. doi:10.1001/jama.1887.02391360016004