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February 21, 1903

THE DIPLOMA VS. EXAMINATION.

JAMA. 1903;XL(8):522. doi:10.1001/jama.1903.02490080040008

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Abstract

Under the general system of medical examinations as a prerequisite to the granting of license to practice medicine it is inevitable that the few states that still require only a diploma will be the dumping-ground for incompetents and quacks. A diploma means only that its holder has satisfied the faculty of his college, that he has passed its requirements, and this does not by any means always imply that he is fitted to take charge of the lives and health of the public. Moreover, there are diplomas and diplomas, and there is no absolute surety of their value except in a very discriminating and limited list of recognized institutions. The acceptance of a mere diploma is, in fact, a surrender of the right of the state to fully protect its citizens. It is for these reasons that we regret to see that in the amended law now before the Colorado

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