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June 7, 1902

A Voluntary National Examining Board.

JAMA. 1902;XXXVIII(23):1526. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480230054016

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To the Editor:  —The letters which have recently appeared in The Journal suggest two things: first, the necessity of some authority which shall have power to determine who are worthy of license to practice medicine in this country and, second, in whom shall that authority be vested. This naturally leads to the inquiry: By what means can that authority be enforced? Clearly such power can only be obtained through National legislation. In order to obtain that, the scheme must be of such a character as to commend itself to the House of Representatives and the Senate, and finally the President. As has been suggested by one correspondent, the right of the citizen of this country to earn his living is a constitutional one with which Congress will be slow to meddle, the greatest care being always observed to keep within constitutional limits, and the attempt to place the rights and

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