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June 13, 1891

"M.D., Indianapolis."

JAMA. 1891;XVI(24):864. doi:10.1001/jama.1891.02410760036009

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To the Editor:  —During the past few weeks a case was brought up in the courts of this city which induced very free remarks relative to the requisite standing of a man in the States to possess the title M.D. S. E. L. Smith, of this town, was registered as a licentiate of the Society of Apothecaries, which gave him rights to practice. But said Smith assumed the title of "M.D., Indianapolis," and he was summoned into court, fined the maximum fee of $100, with probably a quarter as much costs. Mr. Smith produced in court, during the trial, a document which gave him the title of " M.D., Indianapolis." It was said to have cost him $30. The medical man who prosecuted the case said that such a title could only be one of those foreign or American titles which could be got for a dollar or two.It might

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