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May 24, 1902

A Voluntary Board Will Not Accomplish the Result Desired.

JAMA. 1902;XXXVIII(21):1385. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480210043014

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New York, May 17, 1902.

To the Editor:  —I have read with great interest the article of Dr. Rodman in the issue of The Journal of the 10th inst. and your very able editorial on the same. You having invited a free expression of opinion pro and con, I take the liberty to analyze it and point out wherein I differ. The evil that this voluntary board of national examiners is expected to remedy is supposed to be this: that a graduate of a medical college of high standard, holding a certificate from a state board, is compelled to pass an examination in case of his removal to another state.Will this proposed board accomplish the result? Any state which demands an examination from one possessing credentials of registration in a state with a high medical standard, will also refuse to recognize a license of a national voluntary board; as

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