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December 16, 1899


JAMA. 1899;XXXIII(25):1557. doi:10.1001/jama.1899.02450770049012

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The students of the medical department of the Iowa State University propose, it is said, to petition the legislature to modify the law that requires them to pass a state examination before being allowed to practice medicine. They argue that the university examinations for their degrees are practically state examinations, and that graduates from their institution should be excepted from the operation of the law. It is to be hoped that no such modification will be made. The arguments they bring for it are such as should have no weight with the legislature. The statement made in their petition, as reported, that adjacent states recognize the diploma while Iowa does not, is a misrepresentation in that it implies that such recognition is general, and not confined to states that have not as yet made their practice laws as rigid as those of Iowa. The introduction of such a plea should

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