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January 15, 1944


JAMA. 1944;124(3):163-164. doi:10.1001/jama.1944.02850030031013

The effect of the war on the distribution of physicians has recently been discussed by Perrott and Davis.1 These investigators of the United States Public Health Service report a survey of the changes in the medical manpower picture. Moreover, they attempt an estimate of the changes to take place during the next few years.

The war has withdrawn about one third of the active practitioners of medicine in the United States. The rate of decrease in the number of civilian physicians from Jan. 1, 1942 to the present time has been precipitous. There were more than 130,000 active private practitioners on Jan. 1, 1942; there will be only about 85,000 at the end of 1943. The recruiting of practicing physicians has already diminished greatly; the armed forces will obtain additional medical officers from among the graduating medical students. The services expect to take 80 per cent of all medical

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