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February 24, 1906

Interstate Reciprocity.

JAMA. 1906;XLVI(8):599-600. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.02510350049020

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Detroit, Feb. 15, 1906.

To the Editor:  —I have read with more than ordinary interest the article entitled "Interstate Reciprocity," by Dr. George W. Webster, president of the Illinois State Board of Health and secretary of the Council on Medical Education of the American Medical Association, published in The Journal of February 10. Dr. Webster enumerates several of the fundamental facts entering into the question of interstate reciprocity. To nearly all of such facts quoted I can very heartily subscribe, namely:

First.  —Medical education and the license and control of the practice of medicine is purely a state function.

Second.  —The state medical board is the only body authorized by the state to determine the conditions and qualifications under which a medical license is granted.

Third.  —Medical laws are enacted for the benefit of the people, rather than for the benefit or profit of the medical profession.

Fourth.  —Each state

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