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April 4, 1908


JAMA. 1908;L(14):1127. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.02530400039010

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The South Carolina Legislature has passed the amendment to the medical practice act asked for by the South Carolina Medical Association. The amendment authorizes the State Board of Medical Examiners to revoke licenses when just cause is shown. The "five-year clause" in the old law, exempting physicians who have been engaged in practice for five years, has been eliminated. Osteopaths are required to qualify before the State Board of Medical Examiners, under the same conditions as any other persons who wish to treat the sick, except that they are exempt from examination in materia medica, therapeutics and major surgery. These changes greatly strengthen the medical practice act of the state. The significant feature is that exactly the same bill was introduced a year ago and failed of passage, although the personnel of the legislature of 1907 was practically identical with that of the legislature of 1908. Commenting on these facts

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