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November 13, 1948


JAMA. 1948;138(11):822. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02900110032011

Recently the press, at least in the Midwest, has been agitated by the fact that a Wisconsin community arranged for the arrival and entrance into practice of a physician from abroad who had lost contact with his motherland, and then discovered that he could not qualify for licensure. Several newspapers wanted to make an issue of the situation. Reporters exhibited great distress when they discovered that a doctor cannot practice medicine in the United States without a license from the state in which he wishes to practice. The laws regulating medical licensure were not adopted for the protection of the medical profession but for the protection of the American people against unqualified and incompetent doctors. The laws of the various states differ. Some states require full citizenship; others require first papers; some require a year of internship in a hospital within the state; many of them demand fully accredited credentials