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October 13, 1906


JAMA. 1906;XLVII(15):1196-1197. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.02520150052004

Two weeks ago we considered the necessity of coöperation between the various state licensing bodies through the medium of some central body which would act solely for the good of the profession and the public. It was shown that the organized profession itself is the only agency which can be expected to assume this duty and to perform this function. The work to be done, as well as the advantages to be derived from it, were set forth. Let us now consider one of the tangible and visible results of this work; namely, the publication of a list of the licensed physicians of the United States.

A medical directory should be a list of physicians legally entitled to practice medicine. It should be as complete and as accurate as it is possible to make it. It should be based on information that is reliable and impartial. It should treat all