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We print in this issue a communication relative to the recent proposition for a voluntary national examining board, which seems to us to indicate some misapprehension on the part of the writer. It is not and has not been the idea that this national board should have its exclusive residence in the national capital. It was specially stated that it included examinations at different centers and it is hardly likely that the Middle West or even the more remote regions would be ignored. As to the matter of recognizing already-issued state licenses, we do not see how this can be done. Indeed, it is contrary to the essential idea of the examining board which must be something different from the state boards and entirely independent of them, as regards its work and standards. Indeed, it is expected that its standard will be up to if not above that of any
A NATIONAL, NOT A LOCAL EXAMINING BOARD.. JAMA. 1902;XXXVIII(21):1376–1377. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480210034011