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April 7, 1900

The Reductio ad Absurdum of Medical Legislation in the State of Michigan.

JAMA. 1900;XXXIV(14):888-889. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460140060019

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Detroit, Mich., March 16, 1900.

To the Editor:  —For several years past two very definite opinions on the above-named subject have been held and repeatedly expressed by the writer in terms which could not be regarded by any one as ambiguous. One is that a righteous and efficient law to regulate the practice of medicine in Michigan has hitherto been and now is an unattainable Utopian consummation the "viability" of which ceases at the stage of "most devoutly to be wished." The other is that the methods, devices and expedients to which members of "the profession" have stooped in their frantic efforts to overtake and seize hold of this "will o' the wisp" have been not only futile and vexatiously disappointing but to the last degree discreditable and degrading. In the summer of 1896 I ventured in a short series of open letters in The Journal, to implore my professional

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