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July 7, 1894


JAMA. 1894;XXIII(1):35. doi:10.1001/jama.1894.02421060053008

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Although it is not strictly accurate to assert, as is done in the preamble to the act to regulate the practice of medicine in the District of Columbia—the text of which will be found in this issue of the Journal—that there has been hitherto no "law to ascertain the qualifications of individuals desiring to practice medicine and surgery in the District," it is unquestionably true that the District has become "a resort of persons who are excluded from practice in other States by laws in said States requiring evidence of such qualifications." As a matter of fact and of history the Medical Society of the District has been, for over half a century, charged with a duty in this respect. By an act of Congress, approved July 7, 1838, the Society was authorized to elect a board of examiners who were empowered "to grant licenses to such medical and chirurgical

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