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March 31, 1894


JAMA. 1894;XXII(13):469-470. doi:10.1001/jama.1894.02420920025004

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The State Board of Medical Examiners of New Jersey is now in the fourth year of its existence; and during this short time has demonstrated its importance and necessity. It has not alone elevated the standard of qualification of those who were licensed; prevented incompetents from practicing, and the influx of those who had fraudulent diplomas as was common before the law was passed, but exercised a decided influence upon medical education. The Medical Society of New Jersey, organized in 1776, was given authority to confer the degree of M.D. in 1866, but the Society did not often have an opportunity to exercise this privilege, for the reason that, as a rule, the medical colleges had far less rigid examinations. The law that was in force before the Medical Examining Board was created, simply required the registration of a diploma from a legally chartered medical college, in the office of

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