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October 25, 1902


JAMA. 1902;XXXIX(17):1054-1055. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480430036007

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There has been considerable criticism of the action of the Illinois State Board of Health requiring Professor Lorenz, the noted Vienna surgeon, to take out a license to practice. As his practice here was not confined to consultation cases and there was every probability of a large demand for his services after the advertising he has received, the strict compliance with the law on the part of officials oathbound to do their duty seems on the whole commendable rather than otherwise. It is not likely that an American physician would be allowed to do any profitable practicing in Vienna without going through a more than merely formal test of his qualifications, if indeed he would be allowed to do any at all. In this country we are a little too apt to be over-accommodating in such matters and we have hardly been educated yet to the point of seeing the

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