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March 22, 1884

Editor of the Journal of the American Medical Association:

Author Affiliations

Medical Director U. S. Navy. U. S Naval Hospital, Washington, D. C, March 15, 1884.

JAMA. 1884;II(12):332-333. doi:10.1001/jama.1884.04360010024010

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Sir:—It is so very gratifying to be reproved by the venerable editor-in-chief of this journal for not having asked the prayers of the members of the Association for more than I did, that I am almost loath to suggest that if he will carefully read the proposed law I was so anxious to have the legislature of the State of New York given wisdom and courage (by prayer or otherwise) to enact, he will find that is " worth praying for."

As many others of the members of the Association may not know the precise scope of this contemplated law I present it herewith for publication. It is indeed a surprise for me to learn that the war that such boards as those of Illinois and West Virginia "can wage against medical ignorance and incompetence will never amount to more than light skirmishing along the outposts, and is hardly worth

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