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February 7, 1903


Author Affiliations

President of the Ohio State Board of Medical Registration and Examination. COLUMBUS, OHIO.

JAMA. 1903;XL(6):375-379. doi:10.1001/jama.1903.92490060029002e

It is but a brief period since a majority of the states enacted laws controlling and directing the practice of medicine, and yet this time has witnessed many and far-reaching changes. Some can recall when a person could, without special preparation or education, announce himself a physician and prey on the community without molestation; when medical colleges could graduate their classes after two courses of lectures of twelve weeks each; when a charter, irrespective of faculty, equipment or the fitness of its students, constituted a college; when the errant quack and vampire rode over the land in palace cars, robbing the people without let or hindrance; when the self-constituted midwife infected the mother or mutilated the child, and there was none to stay her course of death and destruction.

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