April 6, 1935


JAMA. 1935;104(14):1272-1273. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.02760140076045

NUMBER AND GEOGRAPHIC LOCATION OF NEGRO PHYSICIANS IN THE UNITED STATES  JULIAN H. LEWIS, PH.D., M.D. ChicagoFor a special purpose I recently accumulated the names, geographic location, medical school and year of graduation for the Negro physicians practicing in the United States in 1932. The facts were obtained from the most recent directory of the American Medical Association and from graduation lists from the various universities. The resulting data, when compared with similar information for the general population, present some interesting similarities and contrasts.Nearly 12 million people, or about 10 per cent of the population in the United States, are classified as Negroes, whereas only 4,000, or 2.5 per cent, of the licensed physicians in the country are Negroes. There is one Negro physician for each 3,000 Negroes, based on the 1930 census data, as compared with a ratio of 785 persons per physician for the United States

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