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January 28, 1888


JAMA. 1888;X(4):113-114. doi:10.1001/jama.1888.02400300017003

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The necessity for greater uniformity in the laws of the several States intended for the regulation of medical education and practice, is becoming annually more apparent. During the last ten years several States have followed the example set by the Legislature of Illinois, and enacted laws creating State medical boards authorized to grant the license to practice medicine in all its departments, to such persons as should present a diploma from a legally established medical college in good standing, without further examination. In Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Iowa, and perhaps some other States, the verification of the diplomas and the standing of the college granting it, was left to the judgment of the State boards. But two or three years since the Legislature of the State of Pennsylvania enacted a law creating a State Board and authorized it to grant licenses to practice on the presentation of a diploma from any

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