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November 16, 1901


JAMA. 1901;XXXVII(20):1321-1322. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470460035004

To get results in the regulation of the practice of medicine, it is necessary first to get the needed legislation, and then to enforce the laws. To simply put the laws on the statute books and do nothing to enforce them is only half accomplishing the good sought to be obtained. Axiomatic as this may be, the idea has never seemed to be appreciated in the past by those who have been working for legislative enactments and for the regulation of the practice of medicine. Time, energy and money have been spent to get the necessary laws by committees of our state societies and by others, but this accomplished, nothing more has been done. Laws will not enforce themselves.

If a law is one whose enforcement will give satisfaction to all—except the one who has infringed it and who will suffer by its enforcement—there is no hesitancy on the part