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February 9, 1901


JAMA. 1901;XXXVI(6):384-385. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470060028005

The essential part of any medical practice act, apart from its enacting clause and the penalties, is the definition of the phrase, "practice of medicine." Ambiguity or incompleteness in this nullifies or renders inefficient the law itself, and some of the measures enacted have suffered from this defect. A bill is now before the New York legislature to amend the medical practice law by adding the definition, which it seems was lacking, and the strictness of the definition attempted will be manifest. The amendment, as reported, reads: "Any person shall be regarded as practicing medicine within the meaning of the act, who shall prescribe, direct, recommend, or advise, for the use of any person, any remedy or agent whatsoever, whether with or without the use of any medicine, drug, instrument or other appliance, for the treatment, relief or cure of any wound, fracture or bodily injury, infirmity, physical or mental,