Enforcing Medical Regulation in the United States 1875 to 1915

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Title: Enforcing Medical Regulation in the United States 1875 to 1915
Author: Sandvick, Clinton Matthew
Abstract: This thesis examines the enforcement of medical licensing laws in the United States between 1875 and 1915. Since all of these laws operated at the state level, I focus on the actions taken by various state medical boards around the country. These medical boards were typically composed of organized physicians, both regular and irregular, who worked together to purge the medical field of frauds, charlatans and unorganized sectarians through quasi-judicial self-regulation. I will argue that between 1875 and 1915 state medical boards effectively consolidated their control over medicine and unified the medical profession by relentlessly prosecuting various types of irregular medical practitioners including midwives, osteopaths, opticians, magnetic and electric healers and Christian Scientists. By eradicating unorganized irregulars, state medical boards not only eliminated their competitors, they laid the foundation for the reform of medical education.
Description: viii, 91 p.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1794/7783
Date: 2008-06


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