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January 9, 1897

Medical Practice in Cuba.

JAMA. 1897;XXVIII(2):89. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440020041010

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Philadelphia, Dec. 30, 1896.

To the Editor:  —It may interest your readers to know how much a graduate of our medical schools has to pay in Cuba for the right to practice medicine.A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania was practicing in a town of about 1,000 inhabitants, and in a municipal district of about 14,000.To begin with, he had to pay $494 for a license to practice. This was given after an examination in all the branches of the medical curriculum of the University of Havana. After such examination he had the option to take the degree from that University, but this would have cost him $1,500. The license must be renewed every six years, without an examination, but with a renewal of the payment.Beside this, the Doctor paid $10.60 quarterly in professional taxes to the state, and $2.50 half yearly to the city. He had

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