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Debate on the Excess of Physicians
The anxiety—not to say the fear—expressed by the French medical syndicates by reason of the increasing number of physicians, and especially because of the foreign physicians authorized to practice in France, which fears often found expression in the public press, has led to the drafting of a bill in the senate, which, if accepted, will modify the law of Nov. 30, 1892, on the practice of medicine in France. The conditions under which foreigners are permitted to practice medicine in France have always aroused dissatisfaction among the medical profession. The charges of late years have been more severe because the number of foreign students of medicine has been constantly increasing. In all the faculties of medicine taken together, there were, in 1930, 3,147 foreign students, as against 8,228 French students. From 1900 to 1928, the number of physicians rose from 16,815 to 27,500, whereas
PARIS. JAMA. 1931;97(6):401-402. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02730060039019