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December 1, 1900


JAMA. 1900;XXXV(22):1414. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460480034005

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In a communication in this issue, Dr. A. J. D. Hughes, consul at Coburg, Germany, calls attention to certain changes in the granting of the degree of Doctor of Medicine in that country. These changes are of interest to but few in this country, but the last paragraph of the consul's letter, containing his views regarding the acceptance of foreign degrees by our state registration boards, is worthy of notice. Too often the apparently genuine foreign diploma or certificate is a fraudulent one, but is accepted even if there is a suspicion of its fraudulency because of the supposed difficulty or imaginary expense of having it verified. And yet an American consul is stationed at all the important cities to attend to just such duties as these cases require.

At its recent annual meeting one of our state societies was asked to appropriate a sum of money to investigate the

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