In any discussion of this subject it would seem that at the outset certain general propositions may be stated to which all will agree. Certainly the primary object to be attained by an examination in medicine conducted by the state is to certify that certain individuals are capable of rendering useful service to the citizens of the state in matters pertaining to health. The law in this respect has a certain analogy with the pure food laws. The public realizes that it is unable to distinguish the false from the true, and places the matter in the hands of a committee or board who by proper methods of inquiry will make this differentiation and give the approval of the state to the true wares. In the pure food laws the differentiation is easily made by the application of tests, which, though they may vary somewhat in complexity and difficulty
COUNCILMAN WT. THE METHODS AND THE OBJECT OF STATE EXAMINATIONS. JAMA. 1909;LIII(7):515–519. doi:10.1001/jama.1909.92550070016002a
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