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April 4, 1896


JAMA. 1896;XXVI(14):677-679. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430660029003i

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A law was passed in Rhode Island in 1895 making it the duty of each town and city clerk to keep a "Medical Register," one full page thereof to be set apart for the registration of each physician in his town or city. When any physician shall die or remove from the city or town, the clerk is to make a note of same at the bottom of the page. On the first day of January in each year he is to transmit to the State board of health a duly certified list of the registered physicians. His fee for registration is fifty cents. Following this, it is made unlawful for any person to practice medicine or surgery in any of its branches, within the limits of the State, who has not exhibited and registered in the city or town clerk's office of the city or town in which he

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