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February 24, 1900

Students and Medical Practice.

JAMA. 1900;XXXIV(8):509. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460080061023

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Camden, S. C., Feb. 14, 1900.

To the Editor.  —In The Journal of February 10, you editorially mention that "The medical students of South Carolina have succeeded in obtaining legislation exempting them from the state examinations,..." The bill to exempt all graduates from the only medical college in the state did pass the house, but the senate was wiser and more conservative, and killed it. I think that the young gentlemen who pushed this matter were lacking in forethought and discretion. The object of the State Board's examination is to keep down quackery, and if one bar is taken down, there will be danger to the entire fence. One of the arguments against standing the examination was the necesary expense of the trip to the capitol city, where the Board meets, a matter of say $25. The time will come when these young gentlemen will be pleased that they went

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