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In 1882 two states, acting independently so far as is now known, enacted state licensing laws regulating the qualifications and conduct of persons desiring to practice medicine. During the next quarter of a century the other states went their own but typically American way and enacted medical practice acts with little or no regard to the laws enacted in their neighboring states. Consequently, although the states had common objectives in dealing with common problems, there was great variation in the laws that were thus independently enacted. The result was that in 1909, only one year after the 48th medical practice act had been enacted, the House of Delegates of the A. M. A. realized that some degree of uniformity in the medical practice laws of the several states would be desirable and instructed its Committee on Medical Legislation to hold a conference of interested groups to discuss the preparation of
A GUIDE TO THE ESSENTIALS OF A MODERN MEDICAL PRACTICE ACT. JAMA. 1956;161(4):381. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970040079013
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