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October 10, 1925


JAMA. 1925;85(15):1147-1148. doi:10.1001/jama.1925.02670150045022

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Bernard Shaw on the Irish Medical Controversy  The acute controversy in Ireland which has followed the decision of the government to establish a separate medical register has been described in previous letters. In characteristic fashion, Mr. Bernard Shaw, who is always entertaining in his advocacy of the paradoxical, has plunged into the controversy. In a letter to the Irish Times he has given his countrymen advice: "The Free State government will, I hope, carry through its decision to rescue Ireland from the disastrous control of that despised and self-disgraced trade union, the British medical council. At present unregistered practitioners charge and are willingly paid higher fees than registered ones because they have acquired the modern technics which the council boycotts and persecutes. The most famous manipulative surgeon in England, knighted for his services, being unregistered, is denounced and ostracized as a quack by men of whom some, though registered as

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