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February 24, 1906


JAMA. 1906;XLVI(8):590-591. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.02510350040014

An Idaho physician1 who made application for license to practice was rejected because the results of his examination were not satisfactory, and the district judge to whom his appeal was taken reviewed his examination papers, raising the grade, but not raising it enough to pass him. He then appealed to the Supreme Court, and, while the case was pending, Dr. R. L. Nourse, the president of the Idaho State Medical Society, who was also a member of the State Board of Medical Examiners at the time the application referred to was acted on, commented rather pointedly, in his annual address, on the actions and words of this district judge. Besides quoting freely from the judge's opinion as handed down, Dr. Nourse said: "Think of it! A judge, however learned he may be in matters of law, sitting as superior to a board of six medical men on matters pertaining