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January 20, 1900


JAMA. 1900;XXXIV(3):176. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460030050010

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The students of the medical colleges of Cleveland, Ohio, or a portion of them, have organized to defeat the proposed law regulating the practice of medicine, which is supported by the profession of that state. In so doing they go beyond the Iowa students who would have only themselves exempted from a state examination, for they unselfishly (?) demand that neither they nor anyone else shall be examined, unless all present practitioners in the state shall go through the same mill. As there are legal and constitutional objections to this last, their position amounts simply to a demand that no medical reform shall succeed, and they place themselves on the level of the quacks who are fighting medical practice acts throughout the country. Making all the allowances for the average unwisdom of immature undergraduates, this is not a very pleasant matter for contemplation, and the more general the movement the worse

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