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The question of medical legislation has been an open one for a time sufficiently long for thinking men of the profession to have become thoroughly conversant with it, but every member of an examining board soon becomes aware of the fact that many physicians in states having good laws by which to regulate the practice of medicine, know practically nothing about them. In some cases a few of the best men of the profession openly oppose medical legislation, laying down the broad proposition that every man should be allowed to do as he pleases in this free land of ours, employing if he wishes any one claiming to be a practitioner of medicine regardless of qualifications. Others take the position that the possession of a diploma from a medical college in so-called good standing and the registration of this diploma should be the only requirement demanded of them, taking the
HAPPEL TJ. ENFORCEMENT OF MEDICAL LAWS DEPENDENT ON AN ORGANIZED PROFESSION. JAMA. 1901;XXXVII(20):1301–1303. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.62470460015001f
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