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October 15, 1887

THE PROPRIETY AND NECESSITY OF STATE REGULATION OF MEDICAL PRACTICE.Read in the Section of State Medicine, at the Thirty-Eighth Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association, June, 1887,

JAMA. 1887;IX(16):491-493. doi:10.1001/jama.1887.02400150011001c

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In the year 1237 the college at Salino, which was founded early in the eleventh century, instituted a series of regulations to the effect that no one should practice physic who had not studied philosophy three years and physic five, and had obtained the license of the college after undergoing an examination at the end of such period. Very similar regulations were shortly thereafter adopted by the English universities, and the standard of medical knowledge and education was thereby considerably raised, and a great impetus given to the pursuit of medicine. The first degrees in medicine can be traced back to the year 1384.

We find by comparison, that one hundred and fifty years before degrees or diplomas were granted, the universities licensed candidates to practice only after they had pursued philosophy three years and physic five, and that six hundred and fifty years thereafter, in 1887, the requirements of

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