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October 10, 1903


JAMA. 1903;XLI(15):915. doi:10.1001/jama.1903.02490340023010

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The experience with the new medical registration law in South Dakota is in many respects similar to that of Illinois with its medical registration law. The act exempted all who were in practice at certain dates from the provisions of the law, hence, notwithstanding a special provision to meet such cases, a recent judicial decision makes it impossible to discipline any one who was in practice before that period. It was not anticipated, of course, that the judges would put such an interpretation on the wording of the act, but from this and the Illinois experience it would appear that still more caution will be required in drawing up medical practice acts than has been sometimes the case. It will not do to generally exempt any class, old or new, but the law should specify just what they are exempted from. As it is, there may have to be new

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