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May 31, 1902


JAMA. 1902;XXXVIII(22):1447. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480220033013

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One of the arguments against the practicability of the proposed national examining board is that the states will not recognize its certificate. If the medical profession wants such a board, and wants its certificates recognized by every state, then we can have such a board and its certificates will be recognized by every state. It is the medical profession that has put the medical laws on the statute books of the various states; there is not a medical law but that became such through the exertions of the medical men. If the profession wants these laws modified, it can have them modified. If a national examining board shall be created, and the influential members of the medical profession in each state will ask to have its certificate recognized, its certificates will be recognized. There is not a particle of doubt about it. The first thing needed, evidently, is to educate

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