ROBERT C. DERBYSHIRE, M.D., F.A.C.S.
In this bicentennial year american medical licensure has reached a uniformity and reasonableness considered unattainable as recently as 10 years ago. With the current almost universal acceptance by medical licensing boards of the certificate of the National Board of Medical Examiners and the Federation Licensing Examination (FLEX), only occasional pockets of provincialism prevent free migration of physicians from state to state. That we can soon eliminate these is doubtful.
We have not progressed so well in professional discipline. Present means of discipline are under criticism of force never felt before, and for good reason. Physicians must face this fact; they
DERBYSHIRE RC. Medical Licensure and Professional Discipine 1976. Ann Intern Med. ;85:384–385. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-85-3-384
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