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November 5, 1910

Interstate Reciprocity in Licensing Physicians

JAMA. 1910;55(19):1663. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.04330190059021

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To the Editor:—  In The Journal of October 15, p. 1397, is a communication headed, "Interstate Reciprocity in License to Practice," which is much overdrawn, although probably unintentionally. The writer appears to be much put out with present methods used in the examination and licensure of practitioners of 10 to 25 years' standing, and refers to this "tyranny against which the masses of the older practitioners should rise up." He also designates the trained modern graduate as one of "the inexperienced tyro and the compend brigade."If the doctor really wishes to change his location without an examination, it would be well for him to get the "Laws (abstract) Regulating Practice..." from the American Medical Association, and he will find that many of the states make provision for the old practitioner by reciprocating on the basis of his diploma alone, without the examination. However, if an examination appears necessary, I would suggest that

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