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Medical Licensing

September 27, 2014

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Profile America — Saturday, September 27th. On this date in 1772, America's first medical licensing law was enacted by the colony of New Jersey. A licensing board was set up with three members, and the practice of medicine was forbidden without the approval of the panel. The licensing board was comprised of two New Jersey Supreme Court judges and a third member chosen by the judges. Exempted from its oversight were colonists who pulled teeth, bled patients, or gave free care or assistance. Medical education and licensing has grown considerably stricter since 1772. Today, there are some 691,000 physicians and surgeons, working in 221,000 medical offices, and practicing in the more than 6,700 hospitals across the country. You can find more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau online at <>.

Sources: Kane's Famous First Facts, 4935 NAICS 6211 NAICS 622

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Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Public Information Office | Last Revised: August 28, 2014