The records of the California State Board of Medical Examiners consist of 1,678 files folders and 177 volumes of textual material
that reveal the history, policies and functions of the Board from 1876-1978, as well as information about the medical professions
and institutions that fell under its regulation.
The medical profession was the first in California to be regulated by law when a Board of Medical Examiners was established,
effective April 3, 1876 (Statutes 1875-1876, Ch. 518, p. 792). Originally, the Board of Medical Examiners (hereafter known as the Board) was an independent
organization which functioned outside of the framework of state government. Its members were appointed by the medical profession
until 1907 when the Board's representatives became subject to appointment by the governor (Statutes 1907, Ch. 212, p. 252).
1,678 files folders and 177 volumes
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While the majority of the records are open for research, any access restrictions are noted in the record series descriptions.