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March 9, 1940


JAMA. 1940;114(10):875-898. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810100041019

LEGISLATION OF INTEREST TO PHYSICIANS CONSIDERED BY STATE LEGISLATURES IN 1939  PREPARED BY T. V. McDAVITT OF THE BUREAU OF LEGAL MEDICINE AND LEGISLATIONDuring 1939 the legislatures of all the states, except Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi and Virginia, met in regular session, and special sessions were also held in five of them. More than 63,000 proposals were considered, of which not less than 4,000 were of definite medical interest. This survey, however, must be limited to reporting as briefly as possible what are deemed to be the more significant of those proposals— significant from the standpoint of public health and the medical profession. To expedite perusal for those more interested in ascertaining what the legislatures have perpetrated in the name of legislation than what could have been or may in the future be, enactments are printed in larger (10 point) type, while proposals failing of enactment and footnotes are printed