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April 16, 1927

Association News

JAMA. 1927;88(16):1239. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02680420029017

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Abstract

ANNUAL CONGRESS ON MEDICAL EDUCATION, MEDICAL LICENSURE AND HOSPITALS  Held in Chicago, Feb. 14, 15 and 16, 1927FEDERATION OF STATE MEDICAL BOARDSFebruary 16—Afternoon

Administering the Law Against Illegal Practitioners  Dr. Harold Rypins, Albany, N. Y.: The prosecution of illegal practitioners of medicine is properly considered as one subdivision of the activities of a state bureau having control over the education, licensure and practice of physicians. Punishment for illegal practice is only part of a program for the elimination of unqualified practitioners, and that, in turn, is only the complement of state licensure. The essential object of a medical practice act is to provide properly trained physicians for the care of the public, and any consideration of the enforcement of laws against illegal practitioners is futile unless from the outset it is realized that such prosecutions are part of a larger, unified program.In

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