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September 17, 1938

THE PROBLEM OF THE REFUGEE PHYSICIAN

JAMA. 1938;111(12):1102. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790380044012

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Abstract

The anti-Jewish campaign of the German government, reflected in the Berlin letter in this issue of The Journal, and the more recent actions taken in Austria and in Italy have brought prominently before the American medical profession the problem of the physician who is a refugee. Important is a knowledge of the scope of the problem, for which exact data are required. Table 1, secured through the assistance of the Immigration and Naturalization office of the United States Department of Labor, gives the number of immigrant alien physicians from Austria, Germany and Italy during each of the years from 1928 through 1938.

With the aid of the state medical licensing boards and the Council on Medical Education and Hospitals, table 2 was prepared of the graduates of foreign schools licensed in the United States in the years 1928-1937 inclusive.

While the total number of physicians coming to this country from

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