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February 16, 1889

A SUPREME COURT DECISION ON MEDICAL PRACTICE ACTS.

JAMA. 1889;XII(7):237. doi:10.1001/jama.1889.02400840021008

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Abstract

Some time ago an irregular practitioner named Dent was prosecuted in West Virginia for practicing medicine contrary to the provisions of the Medical Practice Act of the State, which requires every practitioner of medicine in the State to obtain a certificate from the State Board of Health that he is a graduate of a reputable medical college in the school of medicine to which he belongs; or that he has practiced medicine in the State continuously for the period of ten years prior to March 8, 1881; or that upon examination by the Board he has been found to be qualified to practice medicine in all its departments. The case was decided in the Supreme Court of West Virginia, and thence appealed to the Supreme Court of the United States, which gave the following decision in regard to the validity of the West Virginia Act:

"The power of the State

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