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March 10, 1900


JAMA. 1900;XXXIV(10):626. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460100048010

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A specimen of foolish medical legislation is afforded in Colorado, in the leading city of which state a number of physicians were recently taken before a magistrate and fined for not making monthly reports of "no births." The Journal previously noted this (March 3, p. 569), and had already expressed an opinion that the reporting of actual births by the physician should not be demanded without compensation, but this requirement of reporting that there have been no births goes still farther and is altogether unreasonable and ridiculous. Physicians have enough to do for the public gratuitously in many ways, without having absurd regulations of this kind forced upon them. If they can not be trusted to report births, it is hard to see how any additional accuracy is to be obtained by making them contribute their negative statistics in this line. There is evidently a lack of common sense in

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