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Legitimacy and Court Rulings

Wendel VS. Spenser 1954


National Board of Naturopathic Examiners


In 1954 Dr. Paul Wendel N.D. applied for a license with the Washington, District of Columbia to practice Naturopathy. He was denied a license to practice Naturopathy after being tested proficient by the National Board of Naturopathic Examiners .


The case found that the appellant Dr. Paul Wendel was wrongfully denied a license and that the NBNE was a legitimate board of Naturopathy to issue examination.


It also found that there was not only one national board of examination in Naturopathy.


Some notes of the case are listed below


1. "The Commission may issue a license, without examination, to anyone holding a certificate or diploma from a national examining board: Provided, That the examination given by the national examining board was as comprehensive and as exhaustive as that required in the District of Columbia. * * *" D.C.Code, § 2-122a (1951).


2. Wendel's amended complaint requested in the alternative a judgment requiring the Commission to determine in appropriate proceedings whether or not the National Board of Naturopathic Examiners is a national examining board as referred to in the statute.


3. One is described as the National Board of Examiners in Naturopathy, the other as the National Board of Naturopathic Examiners.


4. See note 1, supra.


5. "* * * The Commission shall make and from time to time may alter such rules as it deems necessary for the conduct of its business, and for the execution and enforcement of the provisions of this chapter. * * *" D.C.Code, § 2-103 (1951).

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 Scales of Justice


 From U.S., Reporter Series

307 U.S. 325 - PERKINS v. ELG, Supreme Court of United States.


217 F.2d 858 (1954)

Paul WENDEL, Appellant, v. Samuel SPENCER, President, Board of Commissioners, et al., Appellees.

United States Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit.

Argued October 18, 1954.

Decided December 2, 1954.

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