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February 12, 1949

THE LICENSURE OF THE D. P. DOCTOR

JAMA. 1949;139(7):473. doi:10.1001/jama.1949.02900240051021

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Abstract

Dear Sir:—  I should like to comment on your recent editorial ("The D.P. Doctor," The Journal, Nov. 13, 1948, p. 822).Among the list of requirements of the various states for obtaining a medical license you state: "many of them demand fully accredited credentials which physicians from foreign countries frequently do not have." You fail to mention that these states, which constitute an extremely high percentage in this country, request graduation from an American medical school as the basis for a medical license and do not accept foreign graduates at all, regardless of the year of graduation. In another paragraph you state very correctly, "The medical schools of many of the foreign countries have been in a deplorable state since the beginning of the Nazi invasions." But what about these medical schools up to the year 1933? I graduated from the Medical School of Vienna in 1927, and saw hundreds

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