In the discharge of the duty required of me by the usage and law of this society, I propose on retiring from the chair, to occupy your time in the discussion of the subject of Legislative Restriction in Medical Education and Practice.
The selection of such a topic for an anniversary address, I trust will not be regarded as an inappropriate one at this juncture of events in the history of our profession. For, I doubt not you will entirely agree with me that its careful consideration is a present urgent necessity, because it involves so many very great interests of momentous and immediate importance both to the profession and the public.
It is now about ten or twelve years since the tendency to legislate anew upon this subject was revived on the part of the respective States of the Union. The inception of the enterprise was from within the
COWAN G. LEGISLATIVE RESTRICTION IN MEDICAL EDUCATION AND PRACTICE. Read before the Central Kentucky Medical Association, at Lexington, Ky., April 18. 1888. JAMA. 1889;XII(6):190–195. doi:10.1001/jama.1889.02400830010001b
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