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November 11, 1922


JAMA. 1922;79(20):1704. doi:10.1001/jama.1922.02640200054023

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Economic Distress Among Physicians  If one reads in the foreign press the statements of foreigners who have led, for a short space of time, a luxurious life in the hotels and restaurants of Germany, it becomes at once clear why we note so frequently the view expressed by foreigners that economic conditions in Germany are by no means as bad as they are portrayed in the German press. However, if one will examine more closely into the matter one will get an entirely different impression, and will find that the situation of certain industrial and professional classes, especially, is very bad. The economic distress of German physicians, particularly in the large cities, is increasing day by day. Their bad economic situation is occasioned not only by the rapidly increasing sum of money required for ordinary living expenses, but also by the growing cost of medical practice and the decrease in

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