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April 6, 1901

SPECIAL LEGISLATION TO LEGALIZE HUMBUGS.

JAMA. 1901;XXXVI(14):971. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470140041007

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Abstract

A bill was recently introduced in the New York legislature exempting a certain individual from the examinations required by the medical practice act. In this case it is said that the favored party was possessor of a certain remedy which he alone knowing its formula could use with great success, and the plea was made in behalf of the people who would otherwise be deprived of its benefits. The legislature was therefore asked to turn itself into a diploma-mill for the benefit of a secret-remedy proprietor. This would have been a very convenient precedent for other similar acts, and the result that the state would have been flooded with medical practitioners by special legislative enactments. In fact, the New York Tribune speaks editorially as if more than one such attempt was either made or contemplated, and very naturally and sensibly protests. But, after all, the licensing of one or two

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