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February 17, 1940


Bureau of Legal Medicine and Legislation of the American Medical Association.
JAMA. 1940;114(7):601. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810070067022

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To the Editor:—  Basic science laws have never been advocated as an ideal type of legislation. They do, however, represent the most practical approach to a solution of the muddle in which medical licensure has been permitted to flounder in many of the states. A few years ago this bureau undertook to find out the views on basic science laws of state medical associations of those states in which a basic science requirement had been imposed on all applicants for licenses to practice the healing art. There was a surprising absence of complaint against such laws received from such associations. As a matter of fact, during the last fifteen years few criticisms of the principles underlying basic science laws have reached this bureau.The burden of the grievance against basic science laws seems to be that they interfere with the customary reciprocal relations that normally exist between states in the

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