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May 4, 1889

Object of State Regulation of Practice.

JAMA. 1889;XII(18):647. doi:10.1001/jama.1889.02400950035013

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Dear Sir:  —It is doubtful if all other combined opposition to medical legislation has, or still exerts, effects equally fatal to its success, as the one false and mistaken idea that it is chiefly in the interest of the profession itself. It has been the great argument of every nostrum nabob and medical fraud, which the promoters of medical legal reform have been compelled to confront. But when the friends and advocates of such reform in the profession, so far misinterpret its true animus, purpose and operation, as to indorse this fatal error, one is scarcely able to repress an indignant protest.A medical society at Green Bay, Wis., in a recent report of its action, saw fit to rise from its average to aid in lifting a medical act through the General Assembly of that State the following: " Whereas, for the better protection of the medical profession," etc. Permitting

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