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The Illinois Supreme Court, by what seems a rather technical decision, has interpreted the Illinois medical practice act in such a way that it is impossible to discipline for unprofessional conduct any one whose certificate antedates the passage of the present law in 1899. It was certainly not the intention of those who framed the law to have this interpretation put upon it, but in the redundancy of their legal phraseology they make it open to this construction, which the court adopts. The result is that any one licensed before July 1, 1899, is free to practice any kind of quackery without any recourse on the part of the state. Only licensees under the law now in force can be disciplined. The court, according to the press reports of the decision, makes the suggestion that the defect in the law can be corrected by legislation, which it is hoped is
THE ILLINOIS MEDICAL PRACTICE ACT.. JAMA. 1901;XXXVII(1):32. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470270038009