November 10, 1900


JAMA. 1900;XXXV(19):1222. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460450038013

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As noted elsewhere in The Journal, the medical profession in Virginia is up in arms against the unrighteous license law of that state. Why physicians should have to submit to such a tax is incomprehensible, according to any rules of justice and decency. The state might as well specially tax clergymen—we are not sure that it does not, for a legislature that would do one thing would not be above doing the other. Any intelligent individual can see that the utility of the average practitioner of medicine to the state is enough to warrant giving him special consideration instead of adding to his burdens, but the Virginia legislators seem to have been too obtuse even for this. If the medical men of the state use the influence they possess, it would seem that the repeal of the law would be a certainty, and if there is the least difficulty it

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