This article is only available in the PDF format. Download the PDF to view the article, as well as its associated figures and tables.
The Number of Physicians in Great Britain
In a review of the numerical strength of the medical profession, the British Medical Journal gives figures showing a steady increase of the proportion of physicians to the population in the last fifty years. The following are the numbers at decennial intervals: These figures show that, while the number of physicians in 1921 was nearly double that in 1881, the population had increased only 34 per cent. During the last ten years the number of physicians has increased by 10,000, while the population has increased by much less than 2,000,000. Making allowance for the large number of registered physicians living abroad and for those no longer in practice, the proportion of physicians to population is more than one to every thousand. In the United States it is estimated that there is one to every 800; in Austria, one to 900; in Switzerland, one
LONDON. JAMA. 1933;101(16):1245-1246. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740410047016