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December 21, 1907


JAMA. 1907;XLIX(25):2091. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.02530250043010

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The Missouri State Board of Health took a commendable stand a year or so ago in refusing to license through reciprocity three candidates who, after repeatedly failing to pass the Missouri examination, passed in another state having reciprocal relations with Missouri and then reapplied for the Missouri license. A similar stand has been taken recently by the Ohio board, and we learn that a number of other boards, including those of Minnesota and Wisconsin, would take similar action if parallel cases came before them. Reciprocity, as usually provided for, is a discretionary and not a mandatory measure, and, therefore, a board can not be compelled under that provision to license an applicant who can not satisfy the board that he is properly qualified. Reciprocity is not intended as a means of lowering medical standards in any instance, nor is it intended to prevent an examining board from careful investigation of

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