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June 15, 1940


JAMA. 1940;114(24):2388-2389. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810240042011

The sixteenth edition of the American Medical Directory,1 just from the presses and the bindery, contains 195,104 names of physicians, or an increase of 6,188 over the 1938 volume. Because of death, 7,586 names were dropped from the book ; the names of 13,798 physicians, new graduates and physicians coming from foreign countries, have been added. Thirty-eight states and the District of Columbia show an increase in the number of physicians.

Refugee physicians seem to account for most of the increase in the Seaboard states. New York leads the list with a gain of 1,783, New Jersey 380, Massachusetts 361 and Pennsylvania 324. California shows a gain of 631 while Florida, the other winter resort state, has a gain of 204. Louisiana shows a notable increase of 264, due perhaps to the establishment of the Louisiana State University Medical Center. Next is Illinois with an increase of 246, just slightly less than the 1938 increase. The other Midwestern states also show increases slightly below those of 1938: Michigan 220 as compared with 277 in the previous edition; Ohio 201