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U.S. Census Bureau Daily Feature for September 27: Medical Licensing

U.S. Census Bureau
Posted on: 27 Sep 16

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WASHINGTON, Sept. 27, 2016

WASHINGTON, Sept. 27, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:


Profile America — Tuesday, September 27th.  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.  Certainly, bleeding is no longer a recognized treatment.  Today, there are some 708,000 physicians and surgeons, working in over 221,000 medical offices, and practicing in the 5,300 hospitals across the country.  You can find more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau, online at

Sources:  Kane's Famous First Facts, 4935
Physicians and surgeons/accessed 7/5/2016: 
Physicians offices/NAICS 6211: 
Medical and surgical hospitals/NAICS 6221:

Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotion of the U.S. Census Bureau. Statistics and accounts drawn from cited non-Census sources are employed for illustrative or narrative purposes, and are not attested to by the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on the Internet at (look for "Audio" in the "Library" pull-down menu). 

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Last updated on: 27/09/2016

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