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February 1, 1902

The A. M. A. as Basis of Reciprocity.

JAMA. 1902;XXXVIII(5):336. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480050050017

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Abstract

Chattanooga, Tenn., Jan. 21, 1902.

To the Editor:  —I can not just at present go into a detailed consideration of defense of the proposition, but I wish to heartily endorse the suggestion made by Dr. Skelly in the last issue of The Journal, that membership in the American Medical Association be made the basis of reciprocity for license to practice between the various state examining boards.With this as a foundation idea it seems to me that it is possible of elaboration so as to practically apply to this vexed question how to bar quacks and impostors, while at the same time recognizing intelligence, experience and probity towards license for practice throughout our common country, with as little of examination as may prove reasonable in compliance with laws as now existent or contemplated.At some future date I may find opportunity for further argument on this point. At present I

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