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July 6, 1907


JAMA. 1907;XLIX(1):47. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.02530010051008

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A decision of the Supreme Court of Tennessee makes many of the physicians of that state illegal practitioners. In passing on a suit involving the collection of certain fees for medical services, the court decided that the account could not be collected by process of law. The reason assigned was that the physician's license had not been recorded verbatim by the county clerk and, the time fixed by law for such recording having elapsed, that the license was, therefore, void. This seems an imposition on the physician, who certainly had conformed to the statutes so far as his part was concerned. It seems that by the failure on the part of the county clerks to do their duty the physicians of the state are unwittingly subject to the penalties for illegal practice. In addition to this they have, in the aggregate, been put to a vast amount of trouble, inconvenience

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