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To the Editor:
—In The Journal of March 7 appears an item relative to medical legislation in the State of Missouri, to the effect that a bill was pending to compel all medical colleges in the State to adopt three courses of lectures as a condition for graduation. The bill was unanimously recommended for passage by the committees of both House and Senate. The House passed it by the gratifying vote of 85 ayes to 22 noes. The Senate voted against the bill. As the session closes in two days there is no time to work for reconsideration, hence this most necessary reform is defeated, to the shame of Missouri. What makes the fact all the more mortifying is the contemptible nature of the opposition, all of the colleges in the State (14 in number) but one—located in St. Louis—appearing in favor of the bill. The medical profession of the
Todd CA. Medical Legislation in the State of Missouri.. JAMA. 1891;XVI(15):532-533. doi:10.1001/jama.1891.02410670028013