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March 9, 1901


JAMA. 1901;XXXVI(10):671-672. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470100063007

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The various state boards and licensing bodies are entrusted with the important duty of determining to whom shall be granted the right to practice medicine and surgery. For this purpose examinations are held. As far as known all examinations of this kind are written; a series of questions are propounded in the various branches, the applicants write the answers, the papers are corrected and graded by the members of the examining body or their representatives, and if the marks when added reach a certain average, the necessary papers are granted. In practically all states the applicants for license must present evidence of having satisfactorily fulfilled certain requirements and conditions before they are admitted to the examination. In the majority of the states demanding special examination these requirements include graduation from a medical college, and many states specify the colleges whose diplomas are "recognized" for this purpose. One of the weak

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