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November 25, 1899


JAMA. 1899;XXXIII(22):1365. doi:10.1001/jama.1899.02450740053008

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The secretary of the Ohio State Board of Medical Examiners has raised a question that might well engage the attention of other officials, whose duty it is to enforce medical practice acts. He finds that in his state there are a great many unlicensed practitioners associated with those who hold licenses, and he has asked the attorney-general for an opinion as to the liability under the law of these unlicensed associates and whether the license of those engaged in this "covering" practice can be revoked. There is some doubt among lawyers whether the statute covers these cases. If not, it should be amended, as it furnishes an open door to quackery in the co-operation of unscrupulous licentiates, and if these latter can not be reached there is no remedy. This practice of "covering" has been a serious question in England, but it is doubtful whether it is or has been

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