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August 1970

Medical Licensure and Discipline in the United States.

Arch Intern Med. 1970;126(2):338-339. doi:10.1001/archinte.1970.00310080144033

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Abstract

At first glance, the lusterless title and grave-grey book jacket of this monograph tend to discourage one from ever starting a most thought-provoking, easy-reading, absorbing argument. Robert C. Derbyshire, a past president of the Federation of State Medical Boards and now secretary-treasurer of the New Mexico Board of Medical Examiners, has written a serious, somber work that warrants the attention of every physician. And although the facts offered are mostly morbid, there is, between the lines, a hope, plea, and directions for something better.

This book is much more than a simple history of state medical licensing boards. It is more an account of the inadequacy of those medical boards and what little, if any, appropriate disciplinary action they have undertaken. History, for history's sake (along with background philosophy) is kept to the very minimum, other than to point out just how the past has led to the present turmoil

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