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December 1, 1906


JAMA. 1906;XLVII(22):1835. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.02520220061010

Physicians have enough examples before them to emphasize the danger of putting the power to practice medicine into the hands of those who will use it wrongly. Some physicians, however, do not seem to learn this lesson. J. Noir2 criticises certain methods of instruction and certain manuals for nurses as having a tendency to encourage the production of illegal practitioners. He quotes passages from an English manual which support his contention, and reproduces the following resolutions which were adopted unanimously in the Congress for the Suppression of Illegal Practice: "1. Every attempt at initiative on the part of nurses, attendants, orderlies, etc., should be reproved by the physicians and by the hospital administration. 2. The programs of nursing schools and the manuals employed should be limited strictly to the indispensable matters of instruction for those in their position, without going extensively into purely medical matters which might give them