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Registration and Privilege

    Naturevolume 140pages660661 (1937) | Download Citation



    THE extent to which the principles of ‘free trade’ are inbred in the people of Great Britain is well illustrated by the statutory provisions governing the registration of medical practitioners and pharmacists. For both professions the State establishes standards of education and examination, with a statutory register of those who reach them. To permit the public to differentiate between the qualified and the unqualified practitioner, the use of titles implying registration is prohibited and the signing of death certificates, the sale of poisons, and other minor matters are controlled. But in both medicine and pharmacy the practice of the calling by unregistered men has few statutory limitations.

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