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January 28, 1893


JAMA. 1893;XX(4):105-106. doi:10.1001/jama.1893.02420310023003

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With a majority of the legislatures in session, medical legislation in different States is assuming renewed activity. About fifteen States remain that are substantially without any legislation whatever. A few others have very inefficient statutes, while the people of about one-half of the whole number of States are protected by very efficient legislation. In casting about for new laws for the regulation of medical practice we desire to suggest the propriety of exercising discretion in the selection of the legislation for submission to the different legislative bodies. It is quite universally conceded that the principles governing ideal legislation are three in number. They are as follows: First. All parties wishing to commence the practice of medicine in the various commonwealths should invariably be required to undergo an examination upon all the fundamental branches of medicine. Second. Boards should be granted the privilege of refusing and revoking licenses for gross unprofessional

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