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February 18, 1899

Medical Practice Act of Indiana.

JAMA. 1899;XXXII(7):379-380. doi:10.1001/jama.1899.02450340047011

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Lafayette, Ind., Feb. 7, 1899.

To the Editor:  —The article of Dr. Vinnedge, in the Journal for January 21, calls timely attention to the Indiana law governing the practice of medicine, and to its operation.To some, even to many, this law seems directly to violate the natural right of every man to follow any occupation of a legitimate character which may seem to him most conducive to his own welfare and interest, in so far as it may not conflict with the rights of others. But it must ever be borne in mind that the existence of a right and the justice and propriety of its exercise are entirely different and distinct things. Constituted as human society is, the right of the individual is, and must be, largely subject and subservient to that of society, while the duty of society to conserve the right of the individual, so far

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