Graves v. Minnesota - 272 U.S. 425 (1926)


U.S. Supreme Court

Graves v. Minnesota, 272 U.S. 425 (1926)

Graves v. Minnesota

No. 320

Argued October 21, 1926

Decided November 22, 1926

272 U.S. 425

Syllabus

1. The requirement of Minnesota Gen.Stats.1923, §§ 5757-5763, that every applicant for a license to practice dentistry shall produce before the board of dental examiners "his diploma from some dental college of good standing," of which the board shall be the judge, does not violate the Fourteenth Amendment. P. 272 U. S. 426.

2. A state may, consistently with the Fourteenth Amendment, prescribe that only persons possessing the reasonably necessary qualifications of learning and skill shall practice medicine or dentistry. P. 272 U. S. 427.

3. The state is primarily the judge of regulations required in the interest of public safety and welfare, and its police statutes may be declared unconstitutional only where they are arbitrary or unreasonable. P. 272 U. S. 428.

166 Minn. 496 affirmed.

Page 272 U. S. 426

Error to a judgment of the Supreme Court of Minnesota which affirmed the judgment of a municipal court sentencing Graves for practicing dentistry without a license.



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