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MEDICAL BILL

AN ACT regulating the practice of medicine, surgery and obstetrics, providing for the issuing of licenses to practice, defining certain misdemeanors, and providing penalties.

[APPROVED APRIL 11, 1885.]

SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Indiana, That it shall be unlawful for any person to practice medicine, surgery or obsetetrics in this State without first obtaining a license to do so, as hereinafter provided.

SEC. 2. Any person desiring to practice medicine, surgery or obstetrics in this State, shall procure from the Clerk of the Circuit Court of the county wherein he or she desires to practice, a license so to do, which license shall be issued to such person only when he or she shall have complied with the following conditions, to-wit: When such applicant shall file with such clerk his or her affidavit, stating that such applicant has regularly graduated in some reputable medical college, and shall exhibit to such clerk the diploma held by such applicant, or when such applicant shall file with such clerk his or her affidavit, and the affidavit of two reputable freeholders or householders of the county, stating that he or she has resided and practiced medicine, surgery and obstetrics in this State continuously for ten years immediately preceding the date of the taking effect of this act, stating particularly the locality or localities in which he or she practiced during said period, and the date and length of time in each locality or when such applicant shall file with such clerk his or her affidavit, and the affidavit of two reputable freeholders or householders of the county, stating that he or she has resided and practiced medicine, surgery and obstetrics in this State continuously for three years immediately preceding the date of the taking effect of this act, stating particularly the locality or localities in which he or she practiced during said period, and the date and length of time in each locality, and that he or she had, prior to said date, attended one full course of lectures in some reputable medical college. Such applicant shall pay to such clerk for such license the sum of one dollar and fifty cents, and such clerk shall record such license, together with the name of the college in which such applicant graduated, and the date of his or her diploma, in a book to be kept for such purpose, and which shall be a public record.

SEC. 3. Any clerk who shall issue a license to practice medicine, surgery or obstetrics to any person who has not complied with the requirements of Section 2 of this act, shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction thereof, shall be fined in any sum not less than twenty-five dollars nor more than one hundred dollars, and such license, or one procured by false affidavit, shall be deemed and held to be void.

SEC. 4. Any person who shall practice medicine, surgery or obstetrics in this State, without having first procured from the Clerk of the Circuit Court of the county wherein he or she shall so practice, a license, as provided in this act, shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction thereof, shall be fined in any sum not less than ten dollars nor more than two hundred dollars: Provided, That this act shall not be deemed to prohibit women from practicing obstetrics, and such midwives are hereby expressly exempted from its provisions.

SEC. 5. ..........prior to the rendition of such services, procured a license to practice as herein provided for, and any person who shall pay any sum of money, or deliver any property for any such services to any person who is not so licensed, may recover the same, or the value thereof, in any court of competent jurisdiction in this State.

SEC. 6. The following shall be the form of license under this act; the Clerks of the Circuit Court shall appropriately fill up the blanks and issue the same under the seal of their respective courts, to-wit:

THE STATE OF INDIANA,
____________ COUNTY, SS:

I,___________________, Clerk of the Circuit Court of _________county, in said State, do hereby certify that _____________________ has complied with the laws of the State of Indiana, relating to the practice of medicine, surgery and obstetrics, and is hereby authorized to practice medicine, surgery and obstetrics in said county.

Witness my hand and seal of said court, this ___ day of __________ 18__.