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January 12, 1907

The One-Year Clause in Reciprocity.

Author Affiliations

Secretary Indiana State Board of Medical Registration and Examination.

JAMA. 1907;XLVIII(2):151. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.02520280063012

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Crawfordsville, Ind., Jan. 2, 1907.

To the Editor:  —When the basis for establishing medical reciprocity was adopted by the American Confederation of Reciprocating, Examining and Licensing Boards, it was deemed wise that a clause be incorporated requiring applicants to have lived and been in active practice for at least one year or more in the state of last residence. The purpose of this requirement being for a two-fold reason, first, that an applicant might have time to establish a professional and ethical character to which men with due regard for truth could certify; second, the prevention of the traveling itinerant, without responsibility, and with nosettled or fixed place of residence, from securing license in the various states entering into the reciprocity compact.We are well aware of the fact that the one year clause in reciprocity is a little hard on state examining boards desiring to extend the "courtesy" of

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