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1858 The Lancet  
316 men resident in the locality, showing their qualifications, and in what cases only they can recover debts. Few things, I believe, would tend more to weed the profession of those men whose ambition or whose intellect has not enabled them to get more than one qualification, and, in many instances, no qualification at all. Portsmouth, it is supposed, is not more thickly studded with one-legged and unqualified, or leg-less, practitioners than other towns, yet in Portsmouth there are seven or
more » ... ere are seven or eight men, calling themselves surgeons, who have either no qualification at all, or at most but one leg to stand on. Hurrah for the new Act, then, say I; and let the public once know that one-leggers can only recover their accounts in certain cases, and that fraudulent pretenders to qualifications they do not possess cannot demand payment at all, they will be more ready to appreciate properly .qualified service. Diplomas, and brains, too, will be more in request, and there will soon be, what at present there is not, and never has been, an equality of qualification amongst medical men. The battle of reform has begun, and we must tight it out. If, too, my qualified medical neighbours will not take the initiative in the suggestion here made, I shall be very much inclined to do so myself. I am, Sir, your obedient servant, Portsmouth, Sept. 1858. A QUALIFIED. men resident in the locality, showing their qualifications, and in what cases only they can recover debts. Few things, I believe, would tend more to weed the profession of those men whose ambition or whose intellect has not enabled them to get more than one qualification, and, in many instances, no qualification at all. Portsmouth, it is supposed, is not more thickly studded with one-legged and unqualified, or leg-less, practitioners than other towns, yet in Portsmouth there are seven or eight men, calling themselves surgeons, who have either no qualification at all, or at most but one leg to stand on. Hurrah for the new Act, then, say I; and let the public once know that one-leggers can only recover their accounts in certain cases, and that fraudulent pretenders to qualifications they do not possess cannot demand payment at all, they will be more ready to appreciate properly .qualified service. Diplomas, and brains, too, will be more in request, and there will soon be, what at present there is not, and never has been, an equality of qualification amongst medical men. The battle of reform has begun, and we must tight it out. If, too, my qualified medical neighbours will not take the initiative in the suggestion here made, I shall be very much inclined to do so myself. I am, Sir, your obedient servant,
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