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January 16, 1915


JAMA. 1915;LXIV(3):250. doi:10.1001/jama.1915.02570290062018

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The unsatisfactory results of the conventional methods for drafting laws for the regulation of the practice of medicine have been generally admitted. In many states, the introduction of bills providing for separate boards and different standards for each new and fantastic sect or cult has become an expected feature of every session of the legislature. Yet the growth of knowledge regarding preventable diseases, and the increasing appreciation on the part of the public of the importance of state efforts for the conservation of life, are developing an appreciation of the importance of regulating equitably and permanently the licensing by the state of those who desire to treat the sick for compensation.

As an executive and as a member of both houses of the state legislature for many years, Hon. George H. Hodges, Governor of Kansas for the last two years, has had an extensive opportunity for consideration of this question.

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