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September 25, 1943

China's Health Problems

JAMA. 1943;123(4):247. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840390067026

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The author is editor of the Chinese Medical Journal and general secretary of the Chinese Medical Association. Since his visit to America in 1941 he has received requests for information about China's health problems and this small book contains that information. China has high morbidity and mortality rates, the former being 4 per cent of the population of 400,000,000 and the latter 25 per thousand of population; on any one day some 16,000,000 persons in China are ill, and 10,000,000 persons die each year. Medical facilities with which to fight these high rates are meager. Only 12,000 doctors and 38,000 hospital beds are available, whereas on the basis of moderate estimates of authorities there should be a minimum of 266,000 doctors and 2,000,000 hospital beds. Practically all of the modern facilities are in the large cities, leaving the immense rural areas, where 84 per cent of the people live, virtually

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