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April 18, 1903

A COMPREHENSIVE DEFINITION OF THE PRACTICE OF MEDICINE.

JAMA. 1903;XL(16):1085. doi:10.1001/jama.1903.02490160037007
Abstract

We published in our last issue1 the law recently passed amending the medical practice act of the state of Alabama. Alabama in the past has had an advantage over most other divisions of the country in that its medical law recognized no schools. All that is required is a knowledge of the essentials of medicine. In this way they have been able to keep out quacks and faddists who can not meet the requirements of the law by passing an examination in the fundamental branches. Recently an attempt was made to establish a board of osteopathic examiners, and the bill was at first favorably reported on in the legislature. After due discussion a substitute—the amendment published—was adopted and carried. In the framing of this it has seemed fit to the Alabama legislature to be a little more concise in its statement of the qualifications required for certificates to practice

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