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July 1, 1899


JAMA. 1899;XXXIII(1):48. doi:10.1001/jama.1899.02450530054016

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An unpleasant consequence of certain peculiarities of the English law regulating medical titles and the practice of medicine is seen in the celebrated Hunter case which has been the subject of much editorial writing by our British contemporaries. Dr. Hunter, for we can properly so call him, was a graduate of Jefferson Medical College, as well as a licentiate of the Society of Apothecaries and a regularly registered practitioner according to British law. A brother practitioner in his locality brought a complaint against him before the Medical Council, to the effect that he was falsely calling himself "doctor" and "physician." He was ordered prosecuted and this is reported to have given him so much mental anxiety and trouble that it affected his health and finally caused his death. Now the Medical Council is trying to escape the responsibility of its acts, claiming that it conducted the case in a friendly

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