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April 6, 1940


JAMA. 1940;114(14):1362-1363. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810140062017

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The number of obituaries of physicians published in The Journal during 1939 was 3,879, of which 3,710 were of the United States and 169 of Canada. Three died in Hawaii, three in China, two each in France and the Philippine Islands, and one each in the British West Indies, Canal Zone, Egypt, Germany, Mexico, Persia and Puerto Rico. The obituaries of 116 women physicians were published, as compared with 108 in 1938. The number of graduates of medical schools in the United States for the fiscal year ended June 30, 1939, was 5,089. Deducting the number of physicians whose obituaries were published, there was a net addition to the profession for the year of 1,379, not including physicians coming to the United States from abroad.

Ages.—  The average age at death of those classified as of the United States was 66.1, as compared with 65.6 in 1938. Thirty-five physicians died

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