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November 16, 1901


JAMA. 1901;XXXVII(20):1323. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470460037008

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The proper wording of the definition of the practice of medicine is a point upon which, judging from the variance in state laws in this respect, there seems to be some difference of opinion. In several of the states no attempt is made to define it, the lawmakers evidently thinking it enough to leave it to the common acceptation of the meaning of the words. In other states they seem to have less faith in their judges and have more or less elaborately enumerated the acts that are included under this head. In some cases only a general definition is offered, such as "professing to practice or prescribing," "treating or professing to treat," etc. Others are more specific and give details, such as "using the designation of Dr. or M.D.," "diagnosing, suggesting or recommending remedies," etc. The element of compensation enters into many of the definitions, the practice is defined

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