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STATE OF ILLINOIS,

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Illinois; that he is a graduate in medicine, having received a diploma from

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COMPLAINTS OF VIOLATION OR EVASION OF

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Owing to a want of time the Board has not been able to give the attention always needed to the investigation of applications, and complaints against those violating the law, but its intentions and bes endeavors have been to wrong no one. In many instances complaint have been brought to the notice of the Board by rivals against others who were amenable, and in some cases against those not amenable, to the law. In such cases the Board has advised moderation in acting against them, in order that they might have time in which to comply with the provisions of the law. Owing to the fact that there has been a general disposition to comply with the law, the Board, desiring to avoid

the appearance of persecuting any one, has for the most par: discouraged prosecutions. Information received in such complaints was not always reliable; but more attention has been paid to the complaints of parties who were themselves on proper record in this office, or in the office of the county clerks, than those not on record. It has not been an uncommon occurrence that complaints against others were made by those who had neither registered in the office of the county clerk, nor were on record in this office, nor_had given any evidence that they had complied with either law. This to some extent was owing to the fact that two laws, each imperfectly or ambiguously drawn, were not

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MIDWIVES.

The Board in entering upon the enforcement of the medical practice act, considered it imperative to attend to the demands made upon it by general practitioners, and paid little attention to midwives. * Four hundred and twenty four certificates have however been issued to midwives, a comparatively large number, taking into consideration that owing to the amount of time and labor needed for issuing of certificates to medical practitioners, the systematic work of licensing midwives did not begin till a very recent date. In many counties of the state the proportion of midwives to general practitioners of medicine is very large—and much remains to be done to secure their complete licensing and registration.

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number of respectable and influential newspapers announce that

will not receive advertisements of such character for inportion in r columns henceforth. t a meeting of the Board held at Chicago, in August, 1878, the ect of unprofessional medical advertisements was discussed. Boon rwards, before the Board had actually revoked any certificates of tice of those rendering themselves subject to such action by the brd, the bill of N. J. Aikin vs. State Board of Health, was filed Cook Circuit Court in Chancery, at the October term, praying for injunction restraining the proposed action upon the part of the ard, of revocation of the certificate it had issued to said Aikin. The Hon. E. S. Williams rendered an able decision in which the yer for injunction was denied. The said N. J. Aikin took an appeal therefrom to the Appellate Court, d again without any relief, that Court declining to interfere with the cision of Judge Williams. The work accomplished in carrying into effect that portion of the edical Practice Act which consists in issuing of certificates to those ho come under the provisions of the law, has been accurately tabuited and is hereto appended.

A register has been kept of all certificates issued to physicians and wccoucheurs, and of the returns thereon, made by the county clerky and said register is made a part of the report herewith submitted in manuscript.

It is respectfully urged that this register be printed separately, and as a supplement to this report.

Statement of certificates issued from July 1st, 1877, to December 31st, 1878, inclusive.

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Total certificates issued...

5374 This total includes certificates issued to licentiates apon examination by the Board, as follows:

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To practitioners..
To niidwives..

150 48

Total ...

198

EXHIBIT OF FORMS OF PRACTICE, so far as known, of those holding Certificates from Illinois State Board of Health.

4950

Total number issued, midwives not included...
Regular..
Homeopathic.
Eclectic..
Physio-Medical
Miscellaneous
Not stated..

3646
437
456
37
38
336

4950

There are on file in this office 178 affidavits from parties who come under the exemption clause, and do not ask for certificates.

There are also on file about four hundred applications for certificates from parties who have not complied with all the necessary conditions, and there are many applications on file from parties to whom certificates have been refused.

The following are copies of blank affidavits prepared for use under the Medical Practice Act, and copies of the different forms of certificates issued under the seal of the Board and signatures of its members.

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