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July 21, 1945


JAMA. 1945;128(12):884-887. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860290046016

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THE SUPPLY OF MEDICAL STUDENTS AND PHYSICIANS  Memorandum presented on June 4, 1945 to President Harry S. Truman by a special committee of the Committee on Postwar Medical Service consisting of Evarts Graham, M.D., St. Louis; Victor Johnson, M.D., Chicago; Harvey Stone, M.D., Baltimore, and Fred C. Zapffe, M.D., Chicago.Whatever measures may be taken in the near future for the improvement of the health of this nation, including the construction of additional hospital facilities and the extension of various plans of prepayment insurance against sickness, it would seem to be axiomatic that physicians must be provided in adequate numbers if these measures are to succeed. Yet we are now failing to provide for the training of enough physicians to meet the demands for doctors which we know will increase after the war.At that time we shall need about 30,000 more physicians than before the war, primarily because

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