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April 17, 1884


JAMA. 1884;II(16):442-443. doi:10.1001/jama.1884.02390390022010

Editor Journal of the American Medical Association. 

Sir:  —That the members of the Association may be able to compare the several State laws for the regulation of the practice of medicine, I append a copy of the act which has recently passed the Legislature of the State of Virginia, for which I am indebted to Dr. Wm. C. Dabney, chairman of the committee of the Medical Society of Virginia, for whose active efforts in accomplishing this step in the right direction the profession is under obligations. The necessity for such a law is manifest, since up to the time of its enactment there was "no law whatever in Virginia with respect to the qualifications of persons offering themselves as practitioners of medicine. It was not even necessary that the applicant for practice should be able to read or wtite.The usual effort was made to exempt from examination all persons