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October 5, 1889

THE LEGAL RESTRICTION OF MEDICAL PRACTICE IN THE UNITED STATES.

Author Affiliations

DEAN AND PROFESSOR OF CLINICAL SURGERY, MEDICAL DEPARTMENT UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA; ACTING ASSISTANT SURGEON UNITED STATES ARMY; FORMER SECRETARY MINNESOTA STATE BOARD OF MEDICAL EXAMINERS; EX-PRESIDENT MINNESOTA STATE MEDICAL SOCIETY, ETC.

JAMA. 1889;XIII(14):470-475. doi:10.1001/jama.1889.04440060002002

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Abstract

Gentlemen: In reviewing the subject of medical legislation, I am fully cognizant of encroachment of a subject most fertile in theory and suggestion, but quite devoid of illustrative beneficial results; a subject of vital importance to the public and profession, yet receiving but little aid and encouragement from either source in attempts at reforms. The history of medical legislation in this country shows, quite uniformly, that legislatures are quite apathetic when requested to enact laws regulating medical practice, and are most loth to believe that the best interests of the public are subserved by such laws, many even asserting their belief that all legislation of this character savors of trades unionism. In our attempts at medical reform, the demeanor of the profession has likewise been most discouraging. We concede to all the right of conservatism, but deem it the duty of all good citizens to pass conscientious judgment upon all

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