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January 11, 1902


JAMA. 1902;XXXVIII(2):108-109. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480020038004

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The necessity of devising some method for overcoming the present anomalous conditions regarding the regulation of the practice of medicine in the various states becomes more evident each year. According to the analysis of the state medical laws published in The Journal for November 16, last, there were then thirty-seven states which required examinations. Last November, Rhode Island adopted a new law requiring an examination, so that to-day there are thirty-eight states and territories which demand that hereafter all must pass an examination before being admitted to practice. Besides these there are nine states in which an examination or a diploma is required and the number of colleges recognized by some of these states is quite limited.

The conditions thus created make it a serious matter for the physician who desires to remove to another state to practice; for. the best of men, after a few years, find themselves very

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