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April 28, 1945

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JAMA. 1945;127(17):1131. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860170043012

GOVERNOR DEWEY VETOES BILLS TO RECOGNIZE SUBSTANDARD MEDICAL SCHOOLS  The New York legislature this year passed two bills to permit the granting of a medical license to graduates of any medical school in the United States. The New York Times, in an editorial comment on one of these bills, April 10, said:At one stroke the work of the late Dr. William Welch, Dr. Abraham Flexner and the American Medical Association is to be undone. Thanks to their efforts, our best medical schools have few equals anywhere in the world. If the governor should sign the Milmoe bill, the diploma mills that withered and died would revive and physicians would have to fight again a battle which they thought they had won. The supposed justification for the Milmoe bill is an undeniable shortage of physicians. But this should not be made an excuse for lowering standards of medical education.