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October 21, 1939

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JAMA. 1939;113(17):1572-1573. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800420046015

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MASSACHUSETTS COMES CLEAN  At long last the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has taken measures for the protection of its citizens in medical affairs comparable to those of other states. For years the output of graduates of low grade medical schools unable to obtain licenses in any other state has flocked to Massachusetts. Two such schools not recognized in any other state have flourished almost under the shadow of the State House. In theory people were protected by the licensing examination; it is well known, however, that competence to practice medicine cannot be determined by a written examination alone. A written examination might as well be expected to test ability to paint a picture or to shoe a horse. The state has provided no machinery for a practical examination, which is the only kind of examination worth while in ascertaining fitness for medical practice. Now, however, by the Acts of April 30,

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