U.S. Census Bureau Daily Feature for September 26

WASHINGTON, Sept. 26, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:

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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 26: MEDICAL LICENSING

Profile America — Thursday, September 26th.  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.  In the U.S. today, there are 120 universities conferring some 16,000 medical degrees, about evenly split between men and women.  Nowadays when all health professions are considered, women received nearly 58 percent of the doctorates.  Profile America is in its 17th year as a public service of the U.S. Census Bureau.

Sources:  Kane's Famous First Facts, 4935
http://nces.ed.gov/programs.digest/d12/tables_357,asp
Statistical Abstract of the United States 2012, t. 304

Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotions of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Multimedia Gallery" by the "Newsroom" button). 

SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau



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