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October 6, 1900


JAMA. 1900;XXXV(14):886. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460400034007

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The medical examining board for the Texas judicial district including Houston, recently resigned in a body for good and sufficient reasons. While the law provides for such a board to examine diplomas and undiplomated candidates for the practice of medicine, recent judicial decisions have declared that the diplomas of any one legally incorporated institution for medical education are as valid as those of any other. Thus, the most fraudulent concern is placed on the same level as the best, and, as a defense of the public against quacks, the law is nullified. No self-respecting physician would care to hold an office the function of which is to license the diploma-holders from the Armstrong succession of chartered frauds. Hence, the board very properly resigned. The members of the other Texas boards would do well, if indeed they have not already done so, to follow their example. The Texas State Medical Association

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