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May 10, 1902


JAMA. 1902;XXXVIII(19):1235-1236. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480190041007

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The last issue of American Medicine contains an editorial commenting on a recent decision of the Supreme Court of Ohio in which it sees a nullification of the medical practice laws of that state. At the same time it points out that, viewed from this standpoint, it also practically amounts to nihilism in the administrative departments of the government of Ohio. If such is the case, we do not see the necessity of the forebodings of our contemporary. The Supreme Court has, in such case, evidently made a mistake and will utilize its first opportunity to correct it. Court decisions on constitutional questions are not—like the laws of the Medes and Persians—altogether beyond the reach of auto-revision; if the interpretation of the constitution in one case seems to nullify an act of the legislature, it does not necessarily follow that the same result will follow in another. Certainly, the constitution

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