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September 29, 1906

Interstate Reciprocity in Medical Licensure.

Author Affiliations

President of the American Confederation of Reciprocating. Examining and Licensing Medical Boards.

JAMA. 1906;XLVII(13):1036-1038. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.02520130060016

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Muncie, Ind., Sept. 13, 1906.

To the Editor:  —Interstate reciprocity in medical licensure is of such importance to the medical profession that it should be well understood. Recognizing the excellent professional worth and influence of my good friend. Dr. E. B. Harvey, secretary of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine, and believing that he is in error in certain particulars in his discussion of reciprocity in The Journal, Aug. 25, 1906, I desire to discuss the same subject briefly.The doctor admits that in the enactment of medical laws in the several states, the idea of protecting the people was made so prominent that the least benefit or convenience of the physician was not considered. For this reason and because under the constitution of the Union we can have no such thing as a national medical practice act, license under which would extend to the entire nation, thousands of

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