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October 4, 1902


JAMA. 1902;XXXIX(14):845. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480400039008

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It is a pity that a good law should ever be enforced in, such a way as to do injustice, but that sometimes happens. Apparently a case of this kind is made against the California State Examining Board by the Pacific Medical Journal. It criticises especially the questions on pathology, taking exceptions to those asking a definition of cryoscopy and for the characteristic lesions of Hanot's cirrhosis. Neither of these questions is exactly fair as testing a practitioner's qualifications. Cryoscopy is a word not found in quite recent medical literature, and Hanot's cirrhosis is a name only occasionally applied to hypertrophic cirrhosis of the liver. In neither case could it be fairly expected that any but one constantly posted in the most recent periodical literature would be able readily to answer these questions, and any one rejected for failure to do so would justly have a grievance. If, as our

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