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May 24, 1902

A Broader National Examining Board.

JAMA. 1902;XXXVIII(21):1385-1386. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480210043015

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Jefferson City, Mo., May 15, 1902.

To the Journal:  —The medical profession has not been altogether wise in its efforts for state regulation of the medical art. In the very eager pursuit of the charlatan the dignified and careworn family physician was almost forgotten. Under the medical laws of the several states he has less freedom of movement than the plumber or the iron molder. Physicians do not always change location for a moneyed consideration, but oftentimes to engage in special work, or to lighten their labor, as the means of a longer and more comfortable life. We alone are responsible for the unfortunate condition, and we must apply the remedy. If the American Medical Association decides to create a voluntary national examining board, let it be on broader lines than suggested by Dr. Rodman of Philadelphia. Let us at least anticipate applicants for examination from Chicago, St. Louis, Louisville

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