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August 1, 1896

Legislation League.

JAMA. 1896;XXVII(5):276. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430830046011

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Detroit, Mich., July 25, 1896.

To the Editor:  —I was pained to see, in to-day's Journal, a communication from Dr. Donald Maclean opposing the efforts of the Medical Legislative League.Some of his points are very good. We all admit them; but what shall we do? Dr. Maclean has been at the head of the Legislative Committee of the regular State Medical Society for twenty years, and has never accomplished anything. The number of incompetent and irregular practitioners has steadily increased. Illinois, Canada, Indiana and Ohio, in fact, all the surrounding States, have passed laws to regulate the practice of medicine, and the result is that Michigan has been the dumping ground from the surrounding territory. Shall we continue, or make some effort to limit this?In the present state of the public mind we can not pass a law favoring regular practice. We must be liberal and take in

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