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February 17, 1940

EFFECT OF BASIC SCIENCE LAWS

JAMA. 1940;114(7):601. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810070067021

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Abstract

To the Editor:—  The so-called basic science law was, I believe, originally intended to curb the osteopath and the chiropractor. As it operates at present, it is curbing the medical profession effectively as well. The basic science law in most states requires examination in five or six subjects. Each subject represents one year's work in that subject. It is obvious that adequate preparation for such an examination in the case of a man who has been out of school a goodly number of years is a large order. As a rule there is no reciprocity on the basic science examination, and this, together with the fact that examinations are held at comparatively long intervals, makes it an effective bar when registration is attempted.No one will hold a location open long enough to complete a deal under these circumstances, and even for recent graduates it adds a definite degree of

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