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To an extraordinary degree medical licensure in the United States is the result of the accidents of history. Although the content of medical school instruction is remarkably uniform throughout the nation, permission to practice varies widely, and the variation yields to no simple explanation. Dr. Derbyshire has attempted to develop a rational view of this poorly defined area and to plead for a more uniform approach to the problems of licensure and discipline.
Membership in state boards rarely is based on special qualifications in determining professional competence or in examination construction, in spite of which well-validated examinations such as the
Medical Licensure and Discipline in the United States.. Ann Intern Med. 1970;72:606. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-72-4-606_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1970;72(4):606.
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