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Such is the title of a paper read before the American Social Science Association, at the annual meeting held at Saratoga on September 5, by Mr. W. A. Purrington, Counsel of the Medical Society of the County of New York. This paper, says the author, "is a statement of what I conceive to be general principles and fair inferences from an experience of some years, as counsel of the medical societies of the State and County of New York, in drafting and securing the enactment of the present by no means perfect medical statute of the State, and enforcing in the County of New York obedience to its provisions."
At the beginning of last summer Mr. Purrington sent out a number of circular letters of inquiry upon the general topic of medical legislation; "almost every reply to the circulars expressed approval of some system of regulating by statute the practice
"HOW FAR CAN LEGISLATION AID IN MAIN TAINING A PROPER STANDARD OF MEDICAL EDUCATION?". JAMA. 1888;XI(18):631–632. doi:10.1001/jama.1888.02400700019003