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December 17, 1887


JAMA. 1887;IX(25):785-786. doi:10.1001/jama.1887.02400240017003

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The season of the year is near at hand when a large number of the State legislative bodies will be in session for the making or revision of laws in their respective States; and it is probable that the usual number of bills will be introduced proposing to regulate either the education or practice of the profession, or the sanitary interests of the people, or all combined. During the last ten or twelve years there has been an increasing disposition shown by the Legislatures of many of our States to legislate on these important interests. This disposition has originated in part from a better appreciation of the value and necessity of sanitary measures for the removal of the causes of many preventable diseases by the people; and in part from the efforts of the profession to establish and enforce a higher standard of education for those proposing to practice medicine,

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