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February 19, 1898

The Idaho Medical Practice Act.

JAMA. 1898;XXX(8):446. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.02440600046016

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Boise Barracks, Idaho, Feb. 8, 1898.

To the Editor:  —The item in the Journal for January 29, announcing that the supreme court of this State had declared the medical law unconstitutional because it had passed the senate irregularly, is calculated to create a wrong impression among those who should know the facts.The bill was passed regularly, but the journal of the senate, which should have stated "the bill was then read a third time in full by sections and passed," simply stated, "the bill was then read a third time and passed." The constitution of the State was complied with but the journal was incomplete. On this technicality the bill was pronounced unconstitutional. Verily, on what a slight thread hangs the fate of medical legislation, even after as long and stubbornly fought contest as that by which our "dead" law was procured! Very truly yours,Chairman Committee on Legislation

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