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March 1, 1884

Medical Legislation in Virginia.

JAMA. 1884;II(9):239-240. doi:10.1001/jama.1884.02390340015004

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—In a recent issue of the Journal we noticed with pleasure and approval the enactment of a law by the Legislature of Virginia, establishing a State Board of Medical Examiners, and requiring all future applicants for permission to practice medicine in that State to undergo a satisfactory examination by the State Board, regardless of college diplomas.

We learn that the same Legislature has now before it a bill for appropriating an annuity of $7,500 to one of the medical colleges of the State, on condition that said college shall give free medical education to as many medical students annually as there are members of the Legislature (136), each member having the privilege of naming one student. This bill is bad in every respect. The idea of appropriating the public money derived from the taxation of the people, to give free professional education to the proteges of a legislative body, is positively

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