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March 1, 1884


JAMA. 1884;II(9):248. doi:10.1001/jama.1884.02390340024012

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To the Editor of the Journal of the American Medical Association:

In the Journal for February 16, 1884, there is an editorial on the subject of the new medical law of Virginia. The writer of the editorial says that one of the "legitimate objects to be accomplished by legislative enactments for regulating the education and practice of the medical profession, should consist of a simple provision by which the certificates of similar bodies in other States should be recognized, so as to maintain a comity of rights and interests between the States."

That such a recognition of the certificates issued by the Board of one State by the Board of another would be very desirable, there can be no question; but so long as the Boards differ so widely in their requirements as they now do, I do not see how such recognition could be made. For example, in many

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