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January 18, 1902

National Board of Medical Examiners.

JAMA. 1902;XXXVIII(3):188-189. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480030046016

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Pekin, Ill., Jan. 11, 1902.

To the Editor:  —I have just read your editorial in to-day's number of The Journal, and it occurs to me that there is an easier and simpler way of deciding as to professional qualifications than any yet proposed. The primary object of all medical legislation is to protect the people from the ravages of the army of charlatans that infest the country. Does it succeed? No. Look at our own Illinois, the pioneer in medical legislation: Chicago is full of quacks. Peoria, Quincy, Springfield, and every other city in the state is infested with them. Even in Pekin we have a "magnetic healer" that can not spell sugar, and I am told he is making more money than any competent practitioner in town. Then we have Eddyites galore, and a few Dowieites just out of town. Notwithstanding all this infringement upon the intent of the

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