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April 25, 1908


JAMA. 1908;L(17):1354-1355. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.02530430038008

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At a hearing before a legislative committee recently held in a neighboring state, the following argument is reported to have been made by one of the advocates of a bill to establish a separate board of examiners for one of the numerous cults at present attempting to invade the field of medical practice: "The regular medical profession has its own board of examiners and we have as much right to a board as physicians have." This statement is repeatedly made before legislative committees as an argument in favor of sectarian boards and, strange to say, it appeals to the average legislator as being a valid and reasonable argument. Only a slight acquaintance with the fundamental principles of the law relating to the control of the practice of medicine is necessary for detecting the fallacy of this argument. The mistake lies in the assumption that a board of medical examiners, because

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