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February 22, 1902

A Physician's Directory.

JAMA. 1902;XXXVIII(8):526. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480080036013

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Lawrence, Mass., Feb. 3, 1902.

To the Editor:  —I am of the opinion that a step in the right direction may be taken by establishing a system of registration followed by the publication of a "Physician's Directory" by the American Medical Association. The great danger to the medical profession is not from the quack or the promoter of a fad, but from him who has obtained a medical degree, secured a state license, perhaps has been admitted to the state society, and has been unable morally to keep up with the respectable members of the profession. Such an individual sooner or later is found out and can be easily cared for. The great majority of immoral and ignorant of those who have received medical degrees and state license do not seek admission to societies because they fear the required examination and the discussion of medical topics by regular physicians. This

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