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February 1, 1890

THE PRESENT STATUS OF MEDICAL LEGISLATION IN THE UNITED STATES.

JAMA. 1890;XIV(5):167-169. doi:10.1001/jama.1890.02410050023004

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Abstract

The old-time agitation of the question of medical education has not subsided into insignificance, because that of medical legislation has in recent years come more directly to the front. The two subjects have become intertwined, and have thus created renewed and continued public interest in each other. Judicious measures of legislation restrictive of medical practice assuredly suggest inquiry into the necessity and advisability of the possession of the highest qualification in the practitioner; while the medical schools are likely to vie with each other in the elevation of the requirements for education in their pupils, who in the near future may be compelled by legislative enactment to undergo a competitive examination before a perfectly disinterested State Board of Examiners, who will impartially decide as to their competency.

Apart from the important desideratum that the status of medical education should be as nearly uniform as possible throughout the country, and that

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