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CLOSING THE BACK DOORS TO MEDICAL LICENSURE

JAMA. 1927;89(8):625. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02690080057019.
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The standards of both preliminary and medical education in medical licensure have advanced, although not so rapidly as in medical schools because the securing of legislation is necessarily a slow and sometimes hazardous process. Since the investigation and classification of medical schools began, licensing boards in gradually increasing numbers have secured legislation authorizing them to refuse to examine graduates of low grade medical schools. By 1920, the diplomas issued by such schools were scarcely worth the paper they were printed on in all but a few states. Since 1920, indeed, only three states, Arkansas, Connecticut and Florida, continued to provide wide open doors for the licensing of poorly qualified doctors. These three states also had separate boards of eclectic medical examiners. The eclectic boards were legally limited in their examination of physicians to graduates of eclectic medical colleges. Since only one bona fide and one nominally eclectic college still existed,

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