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June 16, 1900


JAMA. 1900;XXXIV(24):1567-1568. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460240059014

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A recent decision of the Supreme Court of Nebraska practically annuls an important feature of the medical registration law of that state, and is the result of a rather curious state of affairs. The constitution of Nebraska prohibits special state boards, and to get around this the legislature constitutes them out of holders of legalized existing offices. The State Board of Health therefore is made up of the governor, the attorney-general, the superintendent of public instruction and the treasurer. The real duties of this board are carried out by medical secretaries who have, however, only a deputized authority. One Dr. Drasky applied for a certificate to practice, but was refused by the board of secretaries on the ground that his diploma had not met the conditions of the law in being the outcome of a four years' course. He appealed to the official board of politicians, who told the "secretaries"

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