1800s
Written by Chris Dalrymple, DC   
Tuesday, August 11, 2015 12:00 AM

1800:  Thirteen of the 16 existing states had given their state medical societies the authority to both examine and license university-trained and apprentice-trained practitioners.


1803:  Massachusetts allows Harvard Medical School to license its graduates and other states also began to permit their medical schools to license their graduates creating an "alternative pathway to a medical license encouraging a rapid proliferation of medical schools in the early 1800s.  "Those who entered the medical schools were not required to have a high school education, and some of the medical schools provided no more than a few months of training before licensing their graduates.  Furthermore, most [medical] schools provided no clinical training."


First half of 1800s:  “The practice of medicine was deregulated during the first half of the 1800s.”  “This period saw the growth of new schools of thought about how to practice medicine.  Lay healers, bone setters, botanic Thompsonians, homeopaths, eclectics, and others began to offer medical services, and these ‘new schools’ of medicine rapidly produced practitioners for the masses.  States began to repeal licensing laws, and by 1849, only New Jersey and the District of Columbia had laws that set out anything close to a regulatory scheme."


Note:  B.C.E. and C.E. are the “modern scientific nomenclature” to represent B.C. and A.D.  They represent “Before Common Era” and “Common Era."