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September 1, 1906

Interstate Reciprocity and Frauds in Medical Schools.

JAMA. 1906;XLVII(9):697. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.02520090053014

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San Francisco, Aug. 23, 1906.

To the Editor:  —In the discussion of the perplexing problem of interstate reciprocity one important phase of the question has apparently been totally overlooked: the necessity of the coöperation of examining boards in the investigation of medical colleges. Forgetful of the fact that the origin of examining boards is directly traceable to the fraudulent acts of medical colleges, boards authorized by law to go behind diplomas are notoriously prone to accept diplomas as prima facie evidence of regular and complete college work.Thus the erudite secretary of the Michigan board writes that in all his career he has never had occasion to reject a diploma from a recognized medical school. Thorough investigation of credentials entails no small amount of labor, but it has already demonstrated that colleges violate the rules contained in their own published announcements and graduate students in violation of the state laws.

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