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September 29, 1906


JAMA. 1906;XLVII(13):1024-1026. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.02520130048007

One of the apparently new lines of work inaugurated by the American Medical Association is the compilation and publication of a Medical Directory, based on material drawn from the official records of the various state licensing boards. We say "apparently" advisedly, for this feature of the Association's activity is only an extension of a work in which it has always been interested, namely, the elevation of the personnel of the profession and the safeguarding of the public health through the elimination of those who, either on account of lack of proper training, or owing to deficient mental or moral endowment, are unfit to practice medicine. Almost from the time of its organization the Association has striven for the accomplishment of these ends.1 It has repeatedly declared in favor of the state laws regulating the practice of medicine and establishing examining and licensing boards. It has always favored the enforcement