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August 3, 1895


JAMA. 1895;XXV(5):206-207. doi:10.1001/jama.1895.02430310034007

After eleven years of persistent effort by the reputable members of the profession—to which the State Board of Health afforded valuable assistance—Rhode Island has finally succeeded in securing legislation which should result in ridding the State of at least a large percentage of the quacks, incompetents and itinerants who have heretofore fleeced the public, uncontrolled and unmolested. The Medical Registration Act, which went into effect July 16 ult., provides in substance the following conditions for the future practice of medicine in the State:

1. The possession of a diploma from a reputable medical college, indorsed by the State Board of Health as such. Only such colleges as require a three years' graded course are to be considered as having the indorsement of the Board; or

2. Satisfactory evidence that the person making the application was reputably engaged in the practice of medicine or surgery in the State prior to Jan.

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