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August 25, 1906


Author Affiliations

Secretary of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine. BOSTON.

JAMA. 1906;XLVII(8):553-556. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.25210080005001b

Interstate reciprocity, so-called, has been discussed to some extent in every convention of this organization during the last decade. It has survived the storms of debate for so many years from the fact, no doubt, that it possesses some features of interest to certain members of the profession, some problems which have been labored with, but not yet solved to the satisfaction of all, and which may not be in the discussions of to-day. It is a trite saying that no question should be settled until settled rightly. Our distinguished president, thinking perhaps that further agitation of this subject at the present time might be of interest, asked me a few days ago to write a brief paper for this convention on the impracticability of interstate reciprocity.

Interstate reciprocity should be considered impracticable, however widely practiced, if it does not conserve the broadest needs of society, the protection of the

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