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Bill Enabling Refugee Physicians to Practice in Washington Introduced in Congress

A bill that would enable refugee physicians to practice in the District of Columbia without taking the usual examinations was introduced today by Rep. Jennings Randolph, Democrat, of West Virginia and chairman of the House District Committee.

The bill, supported by the District of Columbia Medical Society, would permit the District Commission on Licensure to grant one year permits to physicians who, in its opinion, had sufficient medical training and experience. The permits would not be good for more than six months after the end of the war.

Medical men here said that because of the large number of physicians in Washington, it was not likely that many physicians would take advantage of the proposed law. However, it is expected to have an important psychological effect in states which make it difficult for refugee doctors to practice.

Doctors from European countries complain that examinations they must take here require them to spend many months learning English technical terms and studying branches of science useless in their specialties.