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April 8, 1916


JAMA. 1916;LXVI(15):1116-1117. doi:10.1001/jama.1916.02580410050015

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We publish this week, for the thirteenth consecutive year, tabulated statistics based on official reports of examinations conducted by state medical licensing boards. Other information having a direct bearing on state boards and methods of registration has been included to enable the reader better to interpret the results. For example, Table D shows in what states certain colleges are not recognized, and has an important bearing on the statistics published. Reports have been received from all state boards, making the statistics complete. In 1903, when the publication of these data began, reports could not be secured from the majority of boards because careful and adequate records of the examinations had not been kept.

IMPORTANCE OF THESE STATISTICS  The casual reader will hardly appreciate the conditions which make the publication of these data important. Medical education and medical licensure in this country are controlled by the fifty individual states (including Alaska

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