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May 10, 1902


JAMA. 1902;XXXVIII(19):1232-1234. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480190038004

A history of the movement for the regulation of the practice of medicine and for the elevation of the standard of medical education in the United States is an interesting one. First a few and later practically all of the states enacted laws which granted a right to practice to those holding diplomas from any chartered medical college; then this right was limited to those who had graduated from colleges with a specified standard. This standard was usually one of time required to complete the course. At first, two years was sufficient, then three years was necessary, and ere long four years was demanded. Medical colleges have followed by gradually extending their time requirement, so that to-day only two colleges grant the diplomas on less than four years' attendance.

But while the standard has been raised through increasing the time so that it is double what it was a quarter