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In round numbers there may be said to be two thousand doctors in North Carolina. The average number granted license every year is nearly one hundred. There is, therefore, nearly 5 per cent, of new blood introduced into the profession every year.
The standard of the North Carolina Board of Medical Examiners is somewhat higher than that of some of her neighboring states. On the other hand, many of the northern states have a standard higher than ours. The average number of failures before the North Carolina board (about 18 per cent.) is less than the average of all the states (18 to 20 per cent.).
The Board of Medical Examiners of the State of North Carolina was created by a special act of the legislature in 1859. In point of age it comes third among the state boards of the nation. The Maryland Board was created in 1799, and
HAYS BK. AIMS, PURPOSES AND PROBLEMS OF THE STATE BOARD OF MEDICAL EXAMINERS. JAMA. 1912;LVIII(2):107–109. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04260010109017
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