One of the most interesting sections of the report on medical education by the Illinois State Board of Health is that concerning fraudulent medical institutions, some excerpts from which have already been given in the Journal.1 The history of these "diploma mills" furnishes a pretty conclusive argument for reform in the legislation which empowers any three or more individuals, who can " put up" between them the sum of three dollars with the Secretary of State, to flock together, start a " college " or " university " and confer degrees in medicine and issue diplomas with or without other consideration than that ad pecuniam.
The report furnishes the data of some fifty fraudulent diploma-selling concerns that have been started in the United States since 1833. Of this number twenty-nine have become extinct through agencies among which the Illinois Board itself has been one of the most effective, although the
"CHARTERED BY THE STATE.". JAMA. 1894;XXII(15):553-554. doi:10.1001/jama.1894.02420940029004