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March 10, 1900


JAMA. 1900;XXXIV(10):627. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460100049012

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The State Board of Health of Nebraska has resolved to hereafter recognize no foreign medical diploma unless it is vouched for as genuine by the nearest consular representative of the country in which it is claimed to have been issued. The Board has been forced to this course by some recent impositions that have been practiced upon it, notably one where, after exposure through inquiries, the individual was cited to show why he should not be deprived of his certificate. As illustrating the character of the man, his defense is of interest. He appeared by counsel and pleaded that perjury was not a medical or professional offense; therefore the charge of unprofessional and dishonorable conduct did not stand. There is no reason whatever for medical boards in this country recognizing foreign qualifications when the foreigners do not recognize ours. When the further fact is considered that a foreign diploma does

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