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August 24, 1889


JAMA. 1889;XIII(8):276-277. doi:10.1001/jama.1889.02401060015003

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The License Act in New Hampshire.  —The law recently passed by the Legislature of New Hampshire for the regulation of medical practice, has had but a short life. A decision has been rendered, by a full bench of the Supreme Court, that it is unconstitutional to require a license as a prerequisite for medical practice. The medical registration act of Maine had a shorter life, even, than that of New Hampshire; since the signature of the Governor was hardly dry upon the bill before that official changed his mind and drew his pen through his name. The President of the State Medical Society, Dr. Stephen H. Weeks, of Portland, took the ground that the bill having once been signed, the subsequent erasure of his name by the Governor was null and void, and a suit at law has been going on for a year or more to determine which

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